Some people feel love is the answer, I kind of disagree and think we should be actually be fighting more. But hold a bit of a different perspective towards words.
“Truth (satya) implies love, and firmness (agraha) engenders and therefore serves as a synonym for force. I thus began to call the Indian movement satyagraha; that is to say, the force which is born of truth and love or non violence.” -Ghandi
“Civil Disobedience is the inherent right of a citizen. He dare not give it up without ceasing to be a man.” -Ghandi
What do you think about when I say fighting? Are you open to fighting? What style of fighting comes to mind? When in a fight do you clench your fist with anger and go into rage? Does that emotion brew in you with intent to hurt someone that upset you or are you just looking to release some anger your holding onto? I wonder if road rage is just the right opportunity and time to take our own personal frustrations out on someone else?
I looked the definition of fighting up and found a few things I was looking for way down the list. I was looking for something with softness, calmness and consistency as I feel it may be one the most efficient ways to fight. “To defend oneself” is one the definitions more true to the lines of what I had in my heart and gut.
When stress gets to us and anger builds, it is normal to go into that stress, fight/flight mode. As frustrations rise so does our brainwaves and the ability to cope, thus our pre frontal cortex shuts down and anger takes over. Imagine if we could live a life where we are at ease in such challenging events? I wonder what % of fighters fight in their parasympathetic (Rest/Digest) state opposed to their sympathetic (Fight/ flight/freeze) state?
Like one of the most graceful fighters, Bruce Lee would say:
“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup.
Free and Full
Anoesis: A state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content.
The pre-frontal cortex operates on logic (brain in our heads). Was Bruce Lee speaking about operating under a *different brain? (*our heart brain or gut brain). Did his habit to live in this calmer state with intent to practice fighting with emotions in his heart built a capacity and strength to live with calmness? The Power of Habit is so dominating and interesting as we make a regular occurrence of certain habits they become effortless which can aid us or be slowly detrimental, a double sided sword.
How many people when fighting think about butterflies, bees and dancing?
“No I dont run, I dance, sugar aint never didn’t run, run, he danced. DANCE, I told you I float like like a butterfly, sting like a bee. I dont run, its different than dancing. I can knock man up backing up.”
I aint into throwing punches but believe that we should be fighting for our individuality, for nature, for our generation and the future, our rights and rights of others with consideration of equality.
“Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.” –Sun Tzu
Fight with love? Compassionate fighting, non violent fighting. I’m talking about the definition referring to “strive”: vigorously, against or “subdue,” -fought bravely against despair.
“Non violence is a weapon for the brave.” -Ghandi
Are we able to stand up, or is it easier to roll with the flow? I came across many points that support what I am speaking out about via a beautiful article: The Art of fighting without fighting from Gary Z Mcgee on Waking times who also seems to be a fan of Mr Zinn.
–Howard Zinn says: “Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.”
A friend told me once told me, life is like a river. Its always moving, and its got lots of shit in it so if you don’t stand tall its only a matter of time until some logs and junk comes by and clocks you on the head and is gonna push you down restraining your ability to grow, hindering your ability to live a life in alignment with your soul/purpose. Society has reached a point where the power lies in a small % of people, but I believe the real power and strength lies with the people and if we question to obey or not.
As much as I believe there is a time to invest into alternative options rather than fighting it may not always be the case or an option. David Suzuki shares an example of the pressures that different humans and communities are being constrained to, Tamo a great example of a disobedient fighter fighting with love for others.
He inhabits himself around rooted individuals, he feels it. He suggested the “Radicals” as a title for a film project Im glad to be supporting. A Beyond Boarding’s production that is tapping into the roots of our history to make a difference.
“What matters most is the countless small deeds of unknown people who lay the basis for the significant events that enter history, they’re the one who’ve done things in the past, they’re the ones who’ll have to do it in the future”. -Howard Zinn
Little things add up, It’s a test of patience and persistence.
I believe many people are doing their best and just do not see the same perspective as others and are doing a great job at obeying the system and what society has influenced us to focus on. Not everyone wants to see another perspective or believe what could be possible. It is in our nature to see and follow and have decades of habits ingrained into us and they are not easy to break. The concept of non violent fighting, is not about addressing issues as right or wrong because depending on the perception the parties look at the problem it’s often that the parties will both be right from their perspective (who’s to say anyone is wrong). Hence a big conflict when we use our mind, a 2 dimensional tool. The monkey mind only knows right and wrong.
The Positive Power of Despair is an article that showcases the potential and difference of change out a despair situation where disobedience was embodied.
“The key words in our conversations were disruption, skateboarding, connectivity, learning and creativity…..The introduction of a skatepark and skateboards has disrupted traditional caste, class, gender and age equations in the village. Slowly but surely, this community of Gond adivasis and Yadavs, which had otherwise fallen off modern India’s development grid, is witnessing radical, positive change.”
Defiance, (*dancing), despair, disrupt, all are defined by taking a direction opposed to the movement.
Dis = reversing force
Why do we decide to follow in society?
James Baldwin famously said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
There is a way to fight that gets results, to fight-softly using impeccable communication.
Years ago, almost every one would considered Gary Lachance crazy for the ideas he had in mind (*going for the nobel peace prize for partying). He may still be awhiles away but his efforts has already landed him in the white house and momentum hosting events across the globe. It’s refreshing to see his approach as he proposes to refine Decentralized Dance Party words to “#bypass”.
“We must recognize our true enemy, Our fight is not against the police, our fight is not against corporations, our fight is not against rich people. Our fight is against the notion that we don’t have the power to bypass the system and organize ourselves right now to create the kind of world we want to live in. We must join together and become the change we want to see, Not beg those in power to create it for us. This is the bypass movement.” -Gary Lachance.
“Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.” –Howard Zinn
DON’T ARGUE – BUILD
“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” –Rumi
You ever notice how a when a lion roars he is actually sitting, *Roaring, proud and tall in tone, but grounded while standing. In Defence.
“Adversity can make you stronger, it can not rob you of the power to dream and to reach your dreams”
I do not want to look at words from one language but practice seeing all tongues.
Etymology of “Fight “ earliest records from early 14c. reveals that fight was translated: to fight back “resist”. Resist is defined by: withstand the action or effect of. Originally translated from Latin, “Stop” and “To Stand”.
Re ·si ·st
From from PIE *si-st-, reduplicated form of root *sta- “to stand, make or be firm.
Sit to Stand. Polarity, Tend like our tendons between our bones and muscles.
FIGHTING and VIOLENCE, could we use it a vicious force with love, like a VIOLIN or a VIOLET FLOWER?