Why Men Fight: Review and Reflections

Yeah, I’m on a bit of violence kick as of late.

I’ve been working toward my 3rd Degree Black Belt, as part of my requirements under Master Tony Martinez I need to write an essay.

For the topic I chose to write about what martial artists don’t understand about violence.

I don’t know if I actually did the subject any justice, but I’ve leaned heavily on the study from the likes of Marc MacYoung and Rory Miller.

Great stuff.

But on a tangent, I found out about the Professor in the Cage a while ago. I finally had some free time to read it.

The Desire to Fight

The Professor in the Cage by Jon GottschallIt’s a sad state of affairs, but the common culture has no desire to understand the needs of men (despite how EVERYTHING in modern society relies on the willingness of men to risk life and limb to make things like sanitation and the power grid realities).

Predatory violence, despite what those disconnected from reality would have you believe is actually very rare.

Social violence on the other hand…

The tendency of young men in particular to fight is something that is bemoaned by women.

But simultaneously the aggressiveness of “alpha” males is something those same women will fantasize about.

After all we’re dealing with the voices of 30,000 generations whispering in our ears.

The simple fact is that the ability to protect, provide, and the desire to procreate is what ensures the survival of our species.

With all this in mind, all I can say is: “Thank God, most of morons that deny this have self-selected to remove themselves from the gene pool!”

Gottschall explores these realities as he gets ready to for an actual cage match.

The Good/Ugly

The Professor in the Cage is a somewhat light read particularly if you’re already familiar with violence dynamics.

(In the Name of Self-Defense is a great overview of the whole subject.)

The book is a really good read.

BUT, Gottschall gives MMA a total knob job. While I have respect for MMA competitors (they’re amazing athletes and hella fun to watch), the whole idea that MMA is the ultimate in martial arts disregards a lot of the subject matter.

Overall, I do recommend the book and it goes very well with a study of the human condition.



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