Sunday, January 13, 2013

Beware of false idols

This is a good post from Edinburgh Krav Maga.  It fits in with some of my recent thinking and disillusionment with all the the gurus and cult worship in the world of health fitness and diet.

The context of this is self defence and martial arts, but it applies to a lot of life

Beware of False Idols

No one way is best. Nobody has it all, no one has all the answers. You are smart enough to do your own research and work out what is the best course of action for you to achieve your goals. Seek quality advice from sources who will put you before themselves and their wallets. Just because something is worldwide and or originates in a foreign country it doesn't necessarily make it better.......

The world is full of amazing and interesting people with stories to share and things to teach. However, never overlook the local guy or the guy a few towns up from you who I'm sure can teach you so much without the need to travel to the ends of the earth. 

I think in the UK and Europe, we are very prone to look to the USA as if that country holds all of the expertise.  We see their athletes and assume that they have all of the best techniques and approaches.  They quickly assume guru status.  We need to be more confident in ourselves and our expertise, not only as individuals, but as a nation.


Anonymous said...

A prophet is not someone with special vision Just someone blind to what most others see.

John Sifferman said...

Well said, Chris.

Helga said...

This cult-like following is especially prevalent in martial arts, yoga, diet and fitness. Trust your gut, and don't blindly follow anyone or anything!