What would you do ifâ€¦.?
I was at a party years ago, and when it became known that I was a martial artist, some lug asked what I would do if he hauled off and punched me in the face! I told him I would charge him with assault and have him arrested.
When I first understood Tai Chi to be a martial art I had a very limited idea of what that meant. My first teacher, Jim Eisenman held an interesting view as well and I puzzled at some of his answers to questions I asked.Â I think he might have been one of the first free thinking philosophers I ever really paid attention to.
Jim would talk about martial application, from a very peaceful perspective. â€œwhat would you do if â€œ questions would be answered with â€œI wouldnâ€™t be there.â€
â€œBut, what ifâ€¦.â€ I would continue, and in his gentle way I started to understand that what I was asking was unanswerable.
We can and should have a plan or an idea in mind of what we could/should do in this situation, or if _______ (fill in the blank) was to happen. But the reality is, we donâ€™t know what we would do in any given situation until it happens. We can train, practice, hold a philosophy, principle, or belief and then we deal with whatâ€™s in front of us as it is.