The Road to Hell is Pave with Good Intentions

This part of Madonna’s lyrics in her song ‘4 minutes’, I cannot get over. Isn’t it the ultimate truth?

Narrowly speaking, in Aikido, we joined a school to learn something ‘good’. With all the good intent, our teachers teach us in their best capacity. We as students take it away, the best of our teacher’s intent. In such a mutually constructive environment, it is easy to think that we are on the way to ‘heaven’. What can go wrong? I’m learning from the best, in my prime state of being! What can go wrong? Everything.

It is the good intention that lull us into thinking that it is the ‘best’ intention. By sharing with us what our teachers know, they are not teaching us what we should know, but what they think we should know. so we take it away, thinking that we know, when actually it is what other people think we should know. Instead of rigorously finding out for ourselves what is best for us, we take the easy way and adopt other people’s good intentions as our best ideals.

There is nothing wrong with good intention as long as we know where it should stand. We think that we are so good skilled with Aikido that we are able to handle all level of attacks then the real world is going to be really cruel to such an ideal.

Its hellish when we use what we know in a real setting, because what we learned about what we know is never suffice for the real world. And what our sensei teaches us then duped us into an expectations that is a far cry from reality. and that is the road to hell. Reality is always 80% unknown, 20% known, and that is an optimistic lie.

So don’t take everything as absolute. Take the paradox, trust nothing, believe everything, and you’ll be on the road to hell, on your own intentions.


About Who is Randy Lim

This blog is about the journey and experiences in my life as an Aikidoka. With close to 20 years in the arts, I'll make comments and judgements based on 2 principles, E&E. Experimentation and Experiential reflection. please enjoy, and comment freely.
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