We all love super hero movies.
Even if they aren’t in costumes or call themselves “heroes” we love the idea of good guys and bad guys.
A decade or so ago, Clint Eastwood was receiving some kind of lifetime achievement award.
So they had a lot of celebrities giving speeches and making jokes.
I remember Jim Carrey’s speech.
He said when he was a kid, he loved the “spaghetti westerns.”
Mostly about a bad ass cowboy with no name.
The reason, Carrey explained, that we love the common “hero with no name” archetype is because it makes it easier for us to imagine that WE are the hero.
Some hero’s need to go through intense character arcs, others not so much.
But the idea of “good” and “evil” is very ancient.
Lots of philosophies and religions try to describe it, explain it, but so far, none have done so with much success.
That evil exists is about all they can agree on.
And like plenty of the characters in those movies, there are many ways to deal with evil.
The reason we LOVE seeing the hero destroy the bad guy is that we would love to, but most of us just run in the other direction.
When normal people DO step in and stop bad things from happening, EVERYBODY is quick to call them a hero.
Everybody loves the guy or girl who can stick up for those who can’t defend themselves.
Does this mean you need to practice in your dojo for an hour a day and carry a Glock 19 everywhere?
That’s certainly an option, but it’s not the only option.
And it would only work in certain situations.
Where you need to defend yourself physically.
Unfortunately, plenty of “evil” attacks don’t come in physical from.
They come very subtly.
Hidden between the surface structure words.
When they are directed at you, it hurts, but you don’t know why.
It’s like they are punching in the face with an invisible hand.
You can, however, practice in the dojo of your mind.
And develop extremely wicked linguistic self defense skills.
You can avoid the punches.
You can block the punches.
Or you can punch back.
With as much mental devastation as you like.