Posted on 2020-01-20
Judo's founder Jigoro Kano was a powerful and yet peaceful educator with a sense of justice. He writes about how the power one acquires from judo training at a higher level is not just to overpower an opponent, but rather to move the world in a positive direction. I love thinking about ways to embrace Jigoro Kano's spirit and sensibility, one that urged the maximum efficiency in the use of one's body and mind while also cultivating one's desire to improve society. Today I am celebrating MLK jr's day reading, among other things, his Nobel Peace Prize lecture from 1964, The quest for peace and justice, a call for peace and global fellowship: "...I have the personal faith that mankind will somehow rise up to the occasion and give new directions to an age drifting rapidly to its doom. In spite of the tensions and uncertainties of this period something profoundly meaningful is taking place. Old systems of exploitation and oppression are passing away, and out of the womb of a frail world new systems of justice and equality are being born.