Thursday, June 14, 2007

Trained belief

I don't know if I'm smart enough for this at the moment (I'm eating terribly, it's late-ish and middle bro, youngest bro and I are off to Sydney tmr to see the Dalai Lama concert and the free talk on Saturday before the drive back).

Was talking to gf1 about her getting a new house mate - apparently the girl does three martial arts, is a 2nd dan in one and knows of me. I only found out the third point after I critiqued that any one who does/has done three different martial arts is more of a dabbler than a martial artist (because I'm a snob like that) but I should give her the benefit of the doubt before being a judger or a hater. She also doesn't know me as such, more that she trains in one of the halls we also train in and I have a sneaking suspicion she's from the school that would use all our gear until one of youngest bro's friends thanked him for leaving all our stuff out for them to use - we bought cupboards and licked that sh!t up quick smart.

Anyways, with martial arts and religion on my mind and without my direct boss in the office, I got to thinking about how easily I can believe or be a part of one thing, yet not another in a similar vein.

I've only trained in the one martial art and I've only ever believed it to be the right way. Like as much as it has evolved and changed over the years, I have always believed it was the only right. I understand that the energy originates from the one point, that the mind then the waist then the elbow then the fist makes the most power, that I can break a concrete block with my head.

I've also only been indoctrinated into one religion. And as much as the churches beliefs or systems have changed, I'm not really feeling it. I don't believe living together is wrong, I don't think contraception is wrong, I don't believe that homosexuality is wrong. On a more base level, I don't know if there is a heaven... I mean, I think I do, but I also think that I don't. I don't think all the things about burning bushes and ascension and parting rivers happened...

I've been to training roughly 3 times a week for more than 18 years now, and I've believed it all.

I've been indoctrinated into the church and would attend weekly on top of class lessons, but I've never really believed it all.

It could be to do with proof - the fact that I can try something out and see how it works. Or is it that I look for it and think it works because I want it to work...? Because then really that should work for religion too, right?

I'm not quite sure what I'm trying to get at - it did make more sense when I was supposed to be working.

Do your religious beliefs follow the same patters as your other beliefs?

(ALSO - Any ideas for post 400? QUICK!)


Adam said...

I could never abandon The Enny! just taking a brief healing session away from the internetz (except for right now when I should be working but it's my last day and I'm so bored of writing documentation).

How about for your 400th, you give appropriate awards to all your loyal readers?

Enny said...

adam - awww, I hope the healing is working! Appropriate awards? Like 'person most likely to...' etc?

DelightfulJen said...

I like Adam's idea, that would be cool :)

Hope you have fun in Syd and the weather isn't too horrible, say hi to His Holiness for me :P

Rosanna said...

This was a lovely post, Enny.

I've been indoctrinated into the church and would attend weekly on top of class lessons, but I've never really believed it all.

Ditto. I live between a Catholic Church and a convent, and I believe in something higher... but I struggle to believe in God. It's a different kind of belief. For me, it's the belief that there is something higher above, rather than a deeply religious belief.

But I believe in other things - wholly and without fault. I never even question them.

Perhaps it's because there are so many questions surrounding religion? Who can say?

Anyway. For your 400th post you should write a song!

Enny said...

d'jen - I'm on it. And I was all like 'Hey - Your Holiness! D'Jen says hullo' and he's all like 'Oh sweet, throw it right back at her - and tell her to keep it on the downlow next time as I'm not so fond of all this rain!'. Heh :o)

rosanna - Thankyou! I think what you've said has articulated it well - it's a struggle to believe it.

And I DO want to write a song, but I'm not skilled with the thinking of the music... I do consider myself quite a quick thinker for rhymes etc... perhaps one day!

DelightfulJen said...

Enny, Dude, I so knew HisHo and I were tight, we go way back, he's my brother from another mother, I'm glad he was awesome to you too :D

Enny said...

d'jen - ah good - I'm glad he wasn't lying and jus faking along with it!

Teej Mahal said...

I've studied three, and specialised in one. It helps kumite skills to no end to expose yourself to other disciplines. My style was a weird mix of Shotokan, Goju-Ryu and Kyokushin by the end of it, but it was uniquely me and modified to suit my body type and abilities.

It all depends on what you're trying to achieve. If you want to be a serious tournament fighter, its a very dangerous thing to limit yourself to one path. You are easier to read, and to develop tactics against.

We used to rub our hands together when we saw one of those people in the draw...


Enny said...

Tj - ah you see - we only went in one interschool tournament... I got pummelled for thinking that the lady would stop attacking once we were out of the ring (as stipulated in the rules we were given) so she got more points. Magf got disqualified for excess contact and 'girls shouldn't be fighting anyway'.

Fighting scares the crap out of me, so I guess I really am more into the 'art' than the 'brawl' :o)