Contention


from the original Kung Fu TV series with David Carradine

Young Caine: Master how may I walk a peaceful path, when the world is seldom peaceful?

Master Po: Peace lies not in the world Grasshopper, but in the man who walks the path.

Young Caine: But in my path may be men not filled with peace.

Master Po: Then seek a different path.

Young Caine: And if at each turn appear those who would be violent and do not love peace?

Master Po: To reach perfection, a man must develop equally compassion and wisdom.

Young Caine: But master, how do I not contend with the man that would contend with me?

Master Po: In a heart that is one with nature though the body contends, there is no violence. And in the heart that is not one with nature, though the body be at rest, there is always violence. Be, therefore, like the prow of a boat, it cleaves the water yet it leaves in its wake water unbroken.

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