The following excerpt from The Tao Te Ching sums up perfectly how I feel about the use of force in my role as a Police Officer. I include words and presentation as (potential) weapons also. One may forget how the uniform presents itself and I strive to present an open, non-judgmental presence. Using force, for some, can become a crutch – the easier way out yet with a terrible price to pay. I find the challenge and reward of “building a bridge” pays dividends for everyone in the short term and long run. From a non-duality absolute truth perspective, to harm another is to harm myself and indeed harm all beings. Policing is FULL of opportunity for spiritual growth!
5 thoughts on “Dire Necessity”
Thank you Walter!
“…as if he were attending a funeral.”
Respect, no gossip, peace; gratitude for what IS, no escape into becoming.
The joy of simply breathing and Being Aware.
Amazing indeed Holger… But who is amazed? 🤔
Great quote Walter. So is this “self-defence”? I guess self-defence is the defence of all as we are one?
Also interesting that you did martial arts as I did. What were your reasons for taking it up?
Reflecting, I guess mine was initially fear. I’m now ok with not having to “defend myself”
I took up martial arts when young. Watching movies and the mystery of it all hooked me – and the idea of POWER over others was another way of saying I had fear also… As I grew I came to subscribe to what the founder of Aidkido, Morihei Ueshiba, said: “The Way of the Warrior has been misunderstood. It is not a means to kill and destroy others. Those who seek to compete and better one another are making a terrible mistake. To smash, injure, or destroy is the worst thing a human being can do. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent such slaughter – it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.” This is directly in line with non-dual understanding and also reflects what you say in being ok with not having to defend yourself. Policing from a non-dual perspective: I am a field of pure potential attending to a situation and can be whatever I need to be to solve the issue. And, because of the non-dual understanding, self-defense, as you said, is the defense of ALL beings.
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