Everything popular is wrong. Oscar Wilde

Mr Wilde said that, and the quote is popular. It is popular as it is a rather general quote, you can use simply.

But isn’t it an oxymoron? Well, ‘popular’ is popular because a lot of people agree with the popularity. and if the popularity is high, the a lot of people can’t be that wrong isn’t it?

So in the context of Aikido, assuming that it is a popular martial arts, can Aikido be wrong?

Yes, Aikido can be wrong, due to its popularity.

Well, let us look at a personal picture. A practising Aikidoka. Somehow or rather, we all have our somewhat ‘favourite move’. So in this context, let’s assume that our favourite move is our most popular move, the one move we like to apply, and somehow or rather we has a peculiar affinity and proficiency in skilful application.

Or so we thought.

‘Everything popular is wrong!’

So think this thought the next time you practices your favourite move. It could very well be a ‘wrong’ move. ‘Wrong’ because when we use it too much, and we become displaced from reality. We seem to bend the reality to fit our favourite move. It works sometimes, but not all the times, and certainly not most of the time!

‘Wrong’ also because we think that we understands the move, and we like it for a certain reason. Our liking, our reasons, might be the very impediment prohibiting us from learning more about the move. We may like it so much that we lose a level of objectivity and we lose a level of learning.

So when we think popular, think Mr Oscar Wilde. there might be something so right about what we are doing that might become so very wrong later.


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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