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know your enemy

I’m sick of trick or treaters in cos­tumes dis­guised as leaders.

Thiev­ery Corp, Let­ters to the Editor

if things are this bad now, imag¬≠ine 10 years from now. it‚Äôs hard to envi¬≠sion that and I don‚Äôt want to dwell on that. too heavy, too weighty, too neg¬≠a¬≠tive in nature. I am after all a poet and artist so I‚Äôm sen¬≠si¬≠tive like that (huhuhuh I made an art/‚Äčpoetry joke: +25 points).

nowa¬≠days peo¬≠ple act like this: they pre¬≠tend they‚Äôve just been molest¬≠ed by care bears at an Asian spa and sub¬≠sist on rab¬≠bit food exclu¬≠sive¬≠ly. lotus eaters or new age sen¬≠si¬≠tive peo¬≠ple. they have an opin¬≠ion about their opin¬≠ions and are know it alls that own it all (the infor¬≠ma¬≠tion). they‚Äôve read more arti¬≠cles than you some¬≠how, writ¬≠ten by authors with the exact same view¬≠points as their own. no vari¬≠ance, no devi¬≠at¬≠ing from these care¬≠ful¬≠ly curat¬≠ed per¬≠spec¬≠tives. nobody can tell them shit, nobody can cor¬≠rect them and if you dare to? You‚Äôre brand¬≠ed a liar, a rene¬≠gade, an out¬≠cast, social pari¬≠ah. some¬≠body with a warped soul and a deranged mind. they‚Äôll play this game repet¬≠i¬≠tive¬≠ly to win some war play¬≠ing out in their minds. gas-light¬≠ing and den¬≠i¬≠grat¬≠ing you while ele¬≠vat¬≠ing them¬≠selves. hyper sen¬≠si¬≠tive but hyper insen¬≠si¬≠tive towards oth¬≠ers. hav¬≠ing these arch types is one thing but the prob¬≠lem is they take on appren¬≠tices and infect oth¬≠ers with their right think (group think). we like to think we‚Äôre some¬≠how supe¬≠ri¬≠or whether phys¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly, emo¬≠tion¬≠al¬≠ly, spir¬≠i¬≠tu¬≠al¬≠ly or men¬≠tal¬≠ly than our ene¬≠mies. but the Chi¬≠nese? A typ¬≠i¬≠cal one can work in a fac¬≠to¬≠ry under less than ide¬≠al con¬≠di¬≠tions oper¬≠at¬≠ing like a robot chick¬≠en. only dif¬≠fer¬≠ence is he or she isn‚Äôt bitch¬≠ing and whin¬≠ing about it. like they deserve some spe¬≠cial recog¬≠ni¬≠tion for it. they get fam¬≠i¬≠ly, have a bet¬≠ter under¬≠stand¬≠ing of friend¬≠ship and acad¬≠e¬≠mia. they even invent shit and get more cre¬≠ative than us. mean¬≠while we‚Äôre squab¬≠bling about the stu¬≠pid¬≠est crap imag¬≠in¬≠able and engag¬≠ing in end¬≠less opin¬≠ion wars about gran¬≠u¬≠lar details. a ham¬≠ster wheel gild¬≠ed cage for us to occu¬≠py. they work in per¬≠fect har¬≠mo¬≠ny like the Borg from Star Trek: the next gen¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tion. mean¬≠while all these Amer¬≠i¬≠can‚Äôs hate their own coun¬≠try, hate their own coun¬≠try¬≠men and can‚Äôt even recite the pledge of alle¬≠giance or nation¬≠al anthem. their idea of suf¬≠fer¬≠ing is going w/‚Äčo star¬≠bucks for a day. they would¬≠n‚Äôt even be able to sur¬≠vive in a for¬≠eign coun¬≠try for a week.

when cer¬≠tain peo¬≠ple come into the dojo I notice they do so think¬≠ing they are spe¬≠cial. like they‚Äôre Neo from the Matrix or some¬≠thing. they want to be an overnight mas¬≠ter. they don‚Äôt care about true mar¬≠tial arts. they want a quick and dirty watered down ver¬≠sion of it. then won¬≠der why they get their ass¬≠es kicked in real life encoun¬≠ters and sit¬≠u¬≠a¬≠tions. because they lacked dis¬≠ci¬≠pline, and knowl¬≠edge, humil¬≠i¬≠ty, or respect for the teacher or the teach¬≠ing. they want the end les¬≠son to be their first. the accel¬≠er¬≠at¬≠ed cliff notes take. most of them act like they‚Äôre doing me a favor by pay¬≠ing me for my time. in real¬≠i¬≠ty I‚Äôm under¬≠charg¬≠ing them. most haters like that snivel¬≠ing lit¬≠tle racist shit Quentin Taran¬≠ti¬≠no dis Bruce Lee b/‚Äčc he was cocky. it‚Äôs not cocky or arro¬≠gant when you know your shit. but it sure is when you think you‚Äôre a bad ass when you‚Äôre sim¬≠ply a white belt. not that we have belt sys¬≠tems in jeet kune do.