The old cat's response is basically that for all of this training, the problem is basically that the striped cat views it as "power" in the first place. As long as he orients to ki as a type of power to be used, he is always in opposition with everyone else. No matter how powerful you become, eventually you will be defeated by someone who has no care for their life.
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As a closing disclaimer I do believe internal power is a thing, and I am doing my research on it. I just worry that people are going to burn down the forest for the trees by obsessing over it.
I'm not sure that the story is actually about the kind of IP we're talking about. In any case, there are plenty of folks who do not see IP as "power in opposition with everything else" - I'd even go so far as to say that what we're doing specifically cautions against that attitude.
Also, nobody's burning anything down that I know of, in spite of the conspiracy scares that get brought up now and then.