The Science Fiction of Hitting People
That’s almost 700 times
I’ve told you to workout!
it’s an advice
that is worth the repetition.
Okay, I was reading a collection of sic fi shorts one day,
this was when I was a teenager,
long time ago,
and one story really hit me.
A space ranger has followed a criminal
to a small planet.
There’s nothing on the planet,
more like a large asteroid,
just all bare,
with a couple of boulders here and there.
So the space ranger and the criminal
they get in this gun fight.
And they are shooting away,
a bullet hits the rock
right next to the ranger.
He spins around,
thinks somebody is behind him.
But there’s nobody,
and then he realizes what has happened.
He shot at the criminal, and missed,
and the bullet went all the way around the planet,
and almost hit him.
The gravity of the planet is just enough,
that bullets don’t fall,
they go into orbit at three feet off the ground,
and they take three or four seconds
to go around the whole planet.
he’s got one bullet left,
and the criminal knows it,
so he tries a desperate gamble.
He lines up the boulders
he and the criminal are hiding behind,
and shoots directly away from the criminal,
not towards the criminal,
but directly away.
The criminal hears the last shot,
it doesn’t come anywhere near him
and he jumps to his feet to charge,
and the bullet hits him right smack square in the back.
It had traveled around the planet.
what does this fantastic tale
have to do with the martial arts?
as soon as I read that story,
what it meant.
It meant that if you do something bad,
it will travel all the way around the universe,
and hit you right in the middle of the back.
What goes around comes around.
The thing is this:
You create your life.
If you treat people meanly,
then you will be treated meanly.
If you treat people fairly,
people will treat you fairly.
Those guys who worked in concentration camps?
They may not know why their lives suck,
but it is their own doing.
And that guy who lives fat and sassy?
He treats people fairly,
makes sure he pays his workers enough.
Want to know something funny?
I knew this girl who ran a big company.
and the company was a big, fat, rich success.
And I asked her daughter once,
what her mother’s biggest problem
in running this company.
You’d think it would be people who quit,
arguments in the mail room,
a fight or affair,
or something like that.
Her biggest problem was remembering when birthdays were.
She was always checking her books,
making sure she didn’t forget a birthday,
a chance to send flowers,
a walk down to shipping and a pat on the back
for a job well done…
and what could she do for her worker?
Do you see how it works?
And it starts with the martial arts.
You learn to fight,
and start choosing not to fight,
and you become aware of compassion,
and the chance to treat people right.
And what’s the alternative?
Treating people badly,
and then wondering why you are always having problems,
its almost like somebody was shooting you in the back.
Don’t turn around, man.
Just look in a mirror.
I need you to check out this page…
You’ve been good,
so it is time to reap the rewards.
freedom from injury,
best warm up or cool down
in the existence of the martial arts,
in the history of man,
in the history of warm ups and cool down.
have a great workout!