Lessons for Peace and Spiritual Intelligence.
Samurai culture appears to be much misunderstood. Many people find it hard to get beyond the images of flashing swords, exotic suits of armour and epic battles.
If we think about the martial arts, however, most of us understand that practitioners of the martial arts are forbidden to use their skills for selfish or aggressive purposes. Such fighting techniques are supposed to be for self-defence, or for the defence of others who are threatened or attacked.
From a spiritual intelligence point of view this is interesting. Jesus, of course, told his followers to forget about ‘an eye for an eye’ and instead to ‘turn the other cheek’ if someone struck them or tried to hurt them. Gandhi famously was a man of peace who refused to become involved in violent conduct of any sort, even though his declared intention was to rid India…
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