Thursday, December 11, 2008

Must Something Evolve?

I heard someone suggest that, in order to survive---particularly with respect to the currently popular martial arts such as BJJ and the MMAs---Aikido must evolve. If even we accept his premise that the popularity of one martial art threatens the existence of another, we still have a question to ask...

Which is better, apples or oranges? Would apples have to evolve to survive in a fight against oranges? Of course! Apples would have to migrate from cooler climate zones to warmer ones. They would need new characteristics, perhaps a thicker skin to retain moisture, maybe a different flower to attract the local species of pollinators, maybe a different growth cycle to adjust to a continuously warm climate, ...

... and, perhaps in time, the evolved apple would become an orange!

Apples are apples. Oranges are oranges. Given each plant's individual circumstances, each is already optimally evolved, perfect as it is right now. That is not to say that, as circumstances change, things will be as they are now; but, for now, things are as they are.

2 comments:

Lance said...

If popularity is the goal, then perhaps you should be speaking of de-evolution.

Ordinary Joe said...

So true... Being popular is a viable survival skill. Of course, what survives, then, is the want or need to be popular...

What was ultimately amusing to me was that this fellow was absolutely rigid in his insistence that things must change, taking every opportunity to deride those with opposing views as "elitists"---you know, people who proclaim to know better than everyone else. There was simply no showing this fellow that he was barking at a mirror image of himself like a dog.