Good News About Men: We Create Innovative TV Series Like “Kung Fu.”
There’s too much to cover here in a short piece, so we embedded a link to a Wikipedia article about Kung Fu at the bottom of this post. The Bruce Lee connection alone is fascinating, though; it will reward your closer study.
A Woman’s Searing Touch
OK, so I can’t improve on the dialogue that follows. What’s important to remember is that this creation was innovative, enduring and the warrior represented by David Carradine is a fully masculine man, a hybrid of Christian and Taoist philosophy, western and eastern culture, combat and peace. When I saw this series as a young teenager I remember these lines struck me very forcefully even then, at age 15, I think. I had just started studying the martial arts. Here’s the text, a video clip is further down:
“In one lifetime, a man knows many pleasures: a mother’s smile in waking hours, a young woman’s intimate, searing touch, and the laughter of grandchildren in the twilight years. To deny these in ourselves is to deny that which makes us one with nature.”
You Must Master and CHANNEL Your Sexual Appetites and Your Tendency to Violence
Today, as a 57 year old happily married man, I struggle every day to master my sexual appetites, my emotions, the inclinations of my lower nature. It’s a never-ending struggle. It’s The Way of The Warrior. Consider this edited exchange between Caine and his mentor, his instructor, his Master:
Disciple Caine: Master, do we seek victory in contention?
Master Kan: Seek rather not to contend.
Disciple Caine: But shall we not then be defeated?
Master Kan: We know that where there is no contention, there is neither defeat nor victory. The supple willow does not contend against the storm, yet it survives.
Master Kan: Avoid, rather than check. Check, rather than hurt. Hurt, rather than maim. Maim, rather than kill. For all life is precious, nor can any be replaced.
Disciple Caine: Master, our bodies are prey to many needs: hunger, thirst, the need for love.
Master Kan: In one lifetime, a man knows many pleasures: a mother’s smile in waking hours, a young woman’s intimate, searing touch, and the laughter of grandchildren in the twilight years. To deny these in ourselves is to deny that which makes us one with nature.
Disciple Caine: Shall we then seek to satisfy these needs?
Master Kan: Only acknowledge them and satisfaction will follow. To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance.
A quote to take away:
Fear is like a seed that grows. If you plant fear, then it will grow.
The world is in a mess. Don’t buy into the popular narrative about men.
Be bold, be Authentic, be Masculine.
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