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Saturday, August 17, 2013

As circumstances change, the ways of dealing with them alter too. Han Fei Tzu

Self-defence means self-defence, period. It leaves nothing out. 

Well, I have got news for you, in case you haven’t noticed, circumstances have changed. It’s a different world. We live in a society where employees can foil an armed robbery, possibly saving their lives, and the lives of others around them, and still be reprimanded and fired for their actions. 
We live in a society where an armed criminal can break into your home to rob and injure you, and if you shoot him and paralyse him, he can sue you for protecting yourself.

Today, you not only have to defend yourself against predators and criminals, but you also have to defend yourself against the police, the government and the legal system.

In the long run, our inept and corrupt legal system has done more damage to many people’s lives than physical assaults, which were short of death, could have possibly done. 
This fact is sad but true. 
Self-defence today is much trickier than at any time in the history of our world.

These facts clearly signify that our world has changed. 

The mental patients are now in charge of the asylum. 
There is an ancient Indian proverb which states, 
“If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile.” 

You must understand all of the possible dangers that you could face in today’s world, not merely the ones that you learn about in your martial arts class.