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KIA Principle #13: Substance Before Symbol

In so many ways the civilization of the 21st Century lives in the delusion that symbol is more important than substance; that the character of who we are has been turned inside-out and upside-down to where it’s more important to be superficially adorned with the trappings of celebrity, fame, name, power, wealth, status, popularity and gamesmanship than it is to be anchored in principles of character, humility, honesty, honor, dignity, purity and substance.

When we sacrifice substance for symbol, we destroy the nobility inherent in our spirit and play the role of clown while foregoing the crown of all that is decent, whole and noble.

The full article is featured in: The Black Belt Book of Life, Secrets of a Martial Arts Master, Principle #13, page 51, available at Amazon in both paperback and Kindle.

The Black Belt Book of Life