Michael Zeleny (larvatus) wrote,
Michael Zeleny
larvatus

yak or tiff

The way of the warrior is the complement of rhetoric in the practice of persuasion. Humans being rule-bound animals, as with discursive eristic, the knack of empty hand combat is to determine the main rule that constrains your adversary, and embarrass him into submission by breaking it. And since more training redounds to more rules, he who broadcasts his practice, does so to his own strategic disadvantage. Which is to say that there can be no such thing as a martial art.
    ObBook: Gorgias
    Monday, 3 July 2000, 12:00 am
Tags: persuasion, usenet, violence
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