Simply because something has always been believed to be true does not mean that it actually is.
There are many beliefs and behaviors we accept as truth by default. Often, these beliefs and behaviors are so common amongst our friends, families, and in our culture that we never really stop to consider whether or not they actually must or even should be true. These beliefs and behaviors may have existed for generations before us, having simply been passed down as part of our cultural DNA as the way things are or are meant to be.
Perhaps these beliefs and behaviors may have been reflective of the truth at one time. However, it is also quite possible that those who came before us never stopped to question whether what they believed and how they behaved based on those beliefs was the only way or the best way either. Regardless, what was once true or perceived as true is not necessarily always so.
Things change, the culture changes, and along with it, we must change. Evolution demands that we adapt to our new world with new beliefs and new behaviors, that we overcome the challenges our own life presents, and that we create a new environment for ourselves that suits our needs and aligns with our values. When and if we begin to evolve in this way, we may actually find that the things we once accepted without question as true, as inevitable, or even as desirable are actually hindrances to our happiness and are, in truth, obsolete.
Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.
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