Monday, April 13, 2009

Mano A Mano

This weekend I watched the Winky Wright/Paul Williams bout after watching the documentary, Thrilla in Manila. Then I watched 300 which got me thinking about the epic battle scenes in Lord of the Rings. Movies, but more specifically, scenes like that really excite me. Just the hand-to-hand combat, the fearlessness, the honor, the men. I would love for a neuroscientist to study me. Hook up electrodes to my brain, play some violent images before me and monitor my brain activity. I've had a proclivity to violence; the old ECW, hardcore matches, the less-sanctioned UFC from the late 90's, shootfighting all that. I also understand "emotional violence", "honorable violence".

What would society be like today if warfare was still carried out the same way? Bill Maher caught a lot of flack for agreeing with one of his guests that the 9/11 terrorists were brave. What they did was terrible, inexcusable, wrong, but to sit in the cockpit of a plan and fly it into a building, knowing your own death is imminent takes a certain kind of person to do that, or just a certain state of mind. How many of us could play chicken at 50 mph? Just like the Spartans from 300, they went to battle practically naked with a shield and spear to fight one-on-one with another man out to kill them. Kamikaze pilots, anyone?

I wish people fought like that nowadays. When's the last good fist fight you've witnessed? If someone kicks my ass fair and square, fine. They were the stronger man and I gotta take my beating. But it happens too much nowadays, someone gets schooled by someone else's fists then shows up later and shoots people in the back. Cowards. Remember the gang members in the Jets and Sharks that pranced around with knives? They were brave.

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