"A demon's hand, A saint's heart"
Shoshin Nagaminie's description of an ethical warrior
Ethics is simple—it is knowing right from wrong. An ethical Taekwondo practitioner fights against what is wrong and tries always to do what is right. Doing what is ethical is not always popular, it will not always draw praise, it will sometimes draw criticism, and it will sometimes cost you monetarily and may even cost you your life. However, if you live an ethical life, you will be able to maintain your integrity and live with yourself.
The Lone Ranger was a television show in the 1950's that was popular with both children and adults. The Lone Ranger taught that you must always do what is right, even when it is not the popular thing to do. He also taught that that good can overcome evil without being evil.
Life does not often conform to our ideals or philosophies. Everyone wants world peace, but that is not nor will it ever be reality. Reality is that evil exists and it will never go away. As long as their is evil, there will never be world peace.
An antagonist is a person who thrives on aggression, while a pacifist avoids it. However, there is no such thing as a true pacifist, one with no aggression. Violence is within each of us, whether we wish to believe it or not. This violence may manifest itself as outward violence, such as a physical assault, or as inner violence, such as silent anger. The difference between an antagonist and a pacifist is the point at which this violence is manifested. For the antagonist, all it may take is a wrong word or an unintentional stare. For the pacifist, it requires a life-or-death situation from which there is no escape.
Since the potential for violence exists in all of use, we must learn to deal with violence ethically. Some think it best to just ignore violence and pray that it goes away. Others declare it to be the "work of the devil" and vainly attempt to suppress it. These are dangerous ways to deal with violence. When violent emotions are suppressed, they built like the force within a volcano and then erupt into even worse violence. To know peace truly, one must accept violence. Since peace is freedom from violence, peace cannot exist without violence for it to be free from. Violence is not always bad and peace is not always a force for good. It is not bad to use violence against a conquering force and it is not good to live in peace by yielding to a conquering force.
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