You guys just made my head spin.
I'd never considered EITHER viewpoint before.
More to think about on my stairs!!
Let's see if I can put this together:
Is "fighting" a cooperative venture or a non-cooperative encounter?
How does one gauge that? Is it my mindset that decides that?
And it just occurred to me that this might be the basis of the idea of following without resistance...
If it's non-cooperative, how do I then follow and not resist? But, if it's cooperative, though combative, can I use that to my advantage by following the mind set of the quote Louis provided to learn not to compete with an opponent but to "cooperate" with them instead?
Maybe I would be better able to follow and not resist if I am in a cooperative mindset and not a contentious one....?
Like I said, a lot for me to consider!
Now my brain hurts, but this seems to be a pretty major breakthrough from any previous way I've ever thought about "fighting" and I'm going to have to so some serious thinking about this idea.
I'm a pretty contentious guy at heart (I know, that's HARD to believe coming from ME, but it's true). I've been trying to find my way to "follow, not resist" for a LONG time, but with almost no success.
With the idea of cooperating with someone in order not to "fight" them, I feel I may be taking some steps on my way to figuring that bit out.
I'm going to have to break down and order Tai Chi Magazine. I haven't read one in years and I guess I'm missing quite a bit!
You guys have just blow away a lot of my preconceived notions.
Don't you feel the least bit guilty about that?