In one of the posts I touched upon the commonality between seemingly divergent fields of political science and martial arts.
I re-iterate the idea in the current post.
What is common between political (social) science(s) and martial arts?
In a fascinating academic article (these two adjectivies don’t always go together) “Security and Emancipation” Ken Booth argues that the basis of security and peace in the new times is that governments, concerned individuals, NGOs and global civil society in general act as “local agents of the world common good” (phrase borrowed from another notable scholar Hedley Bull).
In other words – act local, think global.
The highest goal of any martial art is to generate peace both within and outside. This has been claimed by many accomplished martial artists, and by the founding fathers themselves (I am sure diligent practitioners will agree with this proposition).
Just as two quick examples, consider the taekwon-do oath (“I shall build a more peaceful world. I shall be a champion of freedom and justice.”) or read “The Art of Peace” by the aikido’s founder Morihei Ueshiba.
Both traditions – those of social science and martial arts – put peace as a critical issue on the agenda. Both offer their unique ways to promote it and strive for it.
I find this extremely interesting, inspiring, and worthwhile to walk on both ways simultaneously.