I truly believe you can only give as much compassion as you can afford. When you are very strong, you can afford to show a lot of compassion. Not very strong? You risk your compassion being perceived as weakness, and you are vulnerable to suffering intolerable loss. This is one irony of martial arts training: the better fighter you are, the less you seem to need to fight. I wanted to study martial arts when I was a youth, to be ready to stand up for those unfairly abused by bullies. Does that make sense to you that I would want to learn “how to win fights” as a way
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