The fact that Chael Sonnen (right) survived the first round against pound-for-pound #1 Anderson Silva at UFC 117 last night surprised me. The fact that Sonnen practically dominated Silva for the first four rounds was downright shocking. Yet a mistake by the Oregon Republican at the very end, getting caught in a triangle choke by a Braziian jiu-jitsu specialist, kept Sonnen from pulling off one of the great upsets in MMA history. And so goes life.
Our very existence is a fight that is not so much unlike what is described in the above-paragraph. Always has been, always will be. These quote expand on that point:
"Don’t hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit softly."
-- Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), 26th President of the United States
"Should you desire the great tranquility, prepare to sweat."
-- Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1769), Japanese Zen Roshi
"Only a warrior chooses pacifism; others are condemned to it."