Saturday, November 27, 2010

'Fighting can nurture the soul - just ask Plato'

I've a piece in today's Sydney Morning Herald, 'Fighting can nurture the soul - just ask Plato'.  I'm arguing that some kinds of violence can be positive: the martial arts.  A sample:
at their best, the martial arts can exemplify healthy, contained violence. To the uninitiated they seem thuggish and anti-intellectual, but they can be edifying. More than two millenniums since Plato wrestled, we are still grappling with arms and minds - and are healthier for it.
(Photo: Matthias Kabel)

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