“It is missing the point to think that the martial art is solely in cutting a man down. It is not in cutting people down; it is in killing evil. It is the stratagem of killing the evil of one man and giving life to ten thousand.” – Yagyu Munenori, The Life Giving Sword
How do you define a decade? By committing an act of far-reaching, shocking, ruthless violence.
I hadn’t had such a strange mixture of surprise, relief and hope in a long time, but it was strangely mixed with things like skepticism, sadness, and trepidation.
I was trolling Facebook when I saw the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces (and what does that say about the state of culture, news, and the internet, not to mention my own habits that I saw it on Facebook, but that’s another essay or three).