Taking the Art of Fighting Without Fighting to the Next Level
One of the core tenets of Buddhist thought is ahimsa, or nonviolence toward all living beings. This was the root of the nonviolent movement promoted by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Through ahimsa one sees how everything is connected. And if one sees how everything is interconnected in a single dynamic universal construct, then one sees how we’re all connected interdependently, despite our individuality.
A kind of self-as-world, world-as-self dynamic emerges that changes the finite game into an infinite game.
This interconnectedness reveals itself as an interdependent “feeling” that we experience when we’re in the throes of deep meditation, when we’re dancing, sparring, writing, playing music, even when we’re viewing an amazing sunset or a starlit sky (eco-melting). Some call it “the flow state,” or “being in the zone.” Modern day ninjas call it “going Meta.”
Going Meta is seeing the big picture. It’s connecting the dots that most people aren’t even aware are there. It is third-eye illumination and visionary insight.
As for the concept of the ninja, or shinobi (one who steals away), it goes beyond mere ninjutsu. Historically, a ninja was a covert agent or mercenary skilled in the martial arts. The basic functions of the ninja included espionage, sabotage, infiltration, assassination and guerrilla warfare. Modern ninjas are secret warriors who have updated these traits, adapting them practically, nonviolently, and strategically to mesh with the new world.
Modern ninja warriors are street-smart, mind-body-soul hackers. For the body, think: stealth, speed, diversion, parkour, rock climbing, cross training, martial arts, and American Ninja Warrior. For the mind, think: psychosocial detournement/recuperation, culture jamming, Psychogeography, legerdemind (sleight of mind), cognitive guillotines, and reverse psychology. For the soul, think: entheogenic tools, hacking God, individuation of the ego, self-actualization, Zen, and mindfulness meditation.
Meta-ninjas are body-hacking, mind-hacking, soul-hacking ninjaneers par excellence. They are re-programing outdated programs, rewiring faulty wiring, un-matrixing the Matrix through red-pill proactivity, and reconditioning obsolete cultural conditioning through covert means.
But here’s the catch: they’ve gone Meta, which means they have managed to square the circle of violence begetting violence by hacking the cultural code. In short, they strategically practice the art of fighting without fighting. They have taken Sun Tzu’s sage advice, “Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting” and ran with it.