The very fight choreography of this film meticulously translates to a steady moving locomotion of destruction. They illustrate drastic and constant changing of levels and dedication to every incision of the action taken by Mr. Wick whilst he does what he does best...putting down the bad guys.
I recognize that the old chop-saki movie nerd in me reads into fight scenes, more than just "cool fights", more than others perhaps; but what I see is the film makers trying to tell apart of the story and expose apart of the character through a kinesthetic and visual medium about the character's personality. Adding on to that, with a movie like John Wick, demonstrate the characters dedication to WHY they are doing what they do and their supported purpose.
In the Japanese martial studies there is a term called kime. Kime means extreme concentration or the meditation on every action. There is another term called mushin - this translates to the absence of mind, but I always thought perhaps a better phrase would be the full incorporation of the subconscious mind and senses in harmony. There is then a term of application of these terms called sen sen no sen - denoting taking the initiative to draw out the rival’s initiative in a way that you capitalize on. It’s not just setting a trap or double bluff it is setting up the arena and the rules of the game from the get go.
Kime kanji shown above and Mushin shown below.
I wish to quote a good friend of mine and a man whose opinion I value.; Lt. Col. Daniel Markert. This was on a social network and to put into context this is responding to a Dalai Lama quote posted from a friend of ours.
The Dalai Lama's quote was ,
"I often ask myself what is the purpose of our lives and I conclude that life's purpose is to be happy. We have no guarantee what will happen in the future, but we live in hope. That's what keeps us going."
Lt. Col. Daniel Markert gave a very pragmatic additional thought in response to this,
“ You are glorious, intrinsically. Happy or not. Happiness can be conditioned, so be cautious in choosing the things that condition you to be happy. I would disagree with the good Dalai Lama, for if I lose happiness I lose purpose, and if I lose purpose I slowly lose the will to live. Turn it around, live a life of purpose, and you will likely be happy, and even if you are not so happy, you have purpose and meaning. In that, there is much hope.”
I loved this and appreciated the different view that the good Lt. Col. takes. What stood out to me about this is the emphasis on purpose that is made. Purpose comes from the sum of the addition of the focus, commitment, and sheer will to an idea, a cause, or an ambition.
One can have an idea...but with no focus it is a daydream. One can have a cause...but with no commitment then is makeshift and fleeting. One can have an ambition...but with no sheer will it will never come to pass and is like looking at the dirt wishing you had a garden.
The tandem combination of these forces is the structure on which purpose and meaning and the hope that those create stems from.
Building upon this idea; I spoke with Lt. Col. Markert about his quote and he astutely pointed out that purpose is subsequent to a person’s individual “why” in life, as this is founded and related to, their personal-socio cultural ideals and their identity that grown out these ideals.
“What do I want to contribute to my said culture? How do I want that to affect my reality?”
This can stem from a spiritual faith or purpose, or from one’s loyalty to their “tribe” (family, country, your fellow man, or all of the above), or to an achievement that you wish to see through (for example Tesla and his work in the furthering energy and mathematics and how that affects humanity).
So constructing the understanding of what drives a purpose perhaps we can then work backwards to identify our own “why?”
So, Legion, meditate on every action on every day. Waste nothing. Identify your purpose. Do not let yourself float through existence without a contribution to the world and to your own legacy. If not for anyone else’s sake but your own. OR for the sake of the one’s you care most for and NOT your own. Keep this heavy on the heart with hope, Legion.
Some in my generation lack such knowledge of why and purpose. So many of those I know flounder in both mediocrity and listlessness to a sad degree. It is frustrating to see. I battle with it also and am doing what I can to evolve past this, and this is why my own personal practice and journey is so important to me.
This is what sets us apart. We are not mere athletes; we are one’s who forge the world that we make contact with. No matter on what scale. We train to perform at our best in all ways.
I often joke that TACFIT/CST is a martial arts system disguised as a fitness program, and I still maintain that this a extremely accurate. This is also can be applied to anything that we designate as our vehicle to be the best versions of ourselves in the quest of our why; and how we choose to leave a legacy in our culture during the time we live in.
We all have boogeymen in our lives. Be the one that life sends to tend to the those boogeymen with no ambiguousness as to our why and our purpose.
[ Purpose = ( FOCUS - COMMITMENT - & SHEER WILL ) X Hope ] = Success = The Fulfillment of One’s “Why”.
Happy training, Legion.