The first tenet of the Tang Soo Do Mu Duk Kwan was, “To seek the truth and follow it.” Grand Master Shim took this and wrote his classic book, Promise and Fulfillment in the Art of Tae Kwon Do.
Today one of the issues we face in the world is ‘fake news.’ It used to be hard enough to discern correct morals and values; now we have lying on a massively large scale. No wonder we live in a contentious, fear driven world. What is a person supposed to do?
Any martial art would reply, “Go back to the basics.” That is, establish your base and then move forward in a systematic way. This is not easy but in the process certain universal principles present themselves which will enable one to correctly discern truth from fiction and lies. Sure there will be some arguments, but these can lead to peaceful decisions or at least points which will be accepted as agreed disagreement. Contention can be replaced by a people who are willing to move forward in a constructive way. Real problems will have a chance to be resolved. It’s worth a try.
Ironically, martial art is so much more than winning a fight. It is courageously facing life and developing a future for us all based on sound principles and determined action.
Stay strong my friends. Fight the good fight.
Till next time, GMC