Individualism

Do not seek an identity by way of an affiliation with a Gung Fu group. The  study, practise and continual development of Gung Fu is highly individualistic, with a view to bringing out the best traits of the artist.

“WHY do you identify yourself with another martial artist, with a group, with an organisation? Why do you call yourself a Mixed Martial Artist, a Karateka, a Gung Fu man, or why do you belong to one of the innumerable sects? Religiously and politically one identifies oneself with this or with that group through tradition or habit, through impulse, prejudice, imitation and laziness. This identification puts an end to all creative understanding, and then one becomes a mere tool in the hands of the coach, the sensei, the sifu or the favoured leader.” Heavily amended paragraph, originally written by Jiddu Krishnamurti

Original Paragraph;

WHY do you identify yourself with another, with a group, with a country? Why do you call yourself a Christian, a Hindu, a Buddhist, or why do you belong to one of the innumerable sects? Religiously and politically one identifies oneself with this or with that group through tradition or habit, through impulse, prejudice, imitation and laziness. This identification puts an end to all creative understanding, and then one becomes a mere tool in the hands of the party boss, the priest or the favoured leader.

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One Response to “Individualism”

  1. authenticizeit Says:

    bravo. lift the covers and see who hides beneath. usually that person is the one who most heavily relies on the group/pastor/teacher/master for their sense of ‘being’ – usually that person is hiding from themselves more than anything or anyone.

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