If I see you hurt…sick…hungry…afraid….I see myself hurt…sick…hungry…afraid. It is this empathy that drives me, this interconnectedness to all living people and creatures regardless of quite literally anything…that makes me who and what I am. I am not some idiot bruh guy….I call every male I meet brother, every female sister, because we are all one family under the sun, one people… period.
Be good, do good, treat others how you would wish to be treated in their situation and standing. Do not allow any differences to detract from another’s shared humanity, this is pivotal in life, and in the dojo. This is what I teach to my own students, this is the lesson within our martial family!
When I say I love you, all of you, I’m not saying it expecting it in return, I say it because I mean it, I love everyone I have contact with. Each and every one of you, if we’ve spoken you have left an imprint on me and are a part of me and to love you, is to love myself.