“Do you know what astonished me most in the world? The inability of force to create anything. In the long run, the sword is always beaten by the spirit.”– Napoleon Bonaparte – stated near the end of his life.
I find it funny that someone with such a violent history would say this, mainly because I am a very non-violent person who likes kickboxing and kung fu. I fancy myself a superhero, and sometimes just want to kick the bad guy’s ass, physically, not in some ethical way. It makes me wonder if my thoughts on this issue are wrong. Sometimes it feels good to kick a punching bag. I’m not really the type who has pent up aggressions; I generally say what I feel all the time… so where do my violent urges come from?
I really like the quote above, and in reading it I realize I’m not really the same as Napoleon. I’m not trying to destroy a city for my own personal gain and I don’t actually hurt people; I just like to feel like Sarah Conner or Buffy sometimes, that’s all. And I suppose both of them do show a triumph of the human spirit anyway.