Re: Armor! Or not.
Armor is heavy. Armor slows the warrior down. Soldiers wear armor and so do police officers now. That was not always the case and many deaths resulted at least in combat. Policemen did not die from gunshot wounds all that often in the past. The question is why now? What changed?
What changed is simpy this: most everyone is wearing armor now. At least most think they need it now. And if one were to follow all the newspaper articles, that would be a correct assumption.
Where can I get a set of good quality, effective and lightweight ARMOR? And how much will it cost?
Answer: The cost is quite high. In more ways than you realize, you will be paying for a lifetime and the price will be much more than money. One price is freedom. And another is fear and loathing.
Now don't get me wrong, I not talking about something physical here. I'm talking about an attitude. The lack of understanding of how the universe works can be detrimental to the health of all, not just the usual participants. To give an example of what I mean consider this:
It takes the presence of a man to teach a boy how to be a man! This society's young males don't have enough real men available for examples because so many of them are stationed around the world solving the world's problems while open communication and living conditions in and around many homes are at an all time low. Examples abound with athletes demonstrating poor choices while acting like little children celebrating actions they get paid enormous salaries to perform. I'm talking about the antics performed after scoring a touchdown or making a tackle. I mean these are grown men, are they not?
Another example: whenever something goes wrong between nations or there is a severe or ideological disagreement, war or talk of war, is the usual answer to the problem. Why do you think that for many young men, the first thought is "to fight?" They learn this from adults. Why is the right to buy and sell arms more important than lowering the death toll on our city streets?
All of these situations lead many people to seek arms for their protection. Or armor.
The answer to the situation of armor is to change our focus from constant conflict to more harmonious concepts and we will need bricks for building instead of armor.
Martial arts in this country would primarily serve for self-improvement as is the case of "wushu" in China. Most of their art is no longer practiced for conflict. Now wouldn't that be nice?