Monday, May 30, 2011
File this Under "Spectacular"
This video is one of the saddest things I've ever seen.
Here's the setup. Apparently, there a few people out there who believe they have some kind of mystical kung fu powers, whereby they can smack you down and rain Holy Hell upon you without even making physical contact with your body. I don't know. Perhaps they twist around your Chi or something.
So, one of these "masters" decided to challenge a MMA fighter (mixed martial arts) to a bout. He even offered a reward of $5,000 if the guy could beat him. This video first shows him flexing his magical muscles on his students, then he proceeds to the fight, where he is quickly beaten senseless.
Here is my logical analysis. 1. By observing his body language and assuming that no person would knowingly throw away $5,000, get punched several times in the face, and suffer total humiliation voluntarily, I believe this guy really believed he had these powers. 2. By observing what appears to be extreme over-acting by his "students," and assuming that no actual blows are pummeling their bodies, I believe the students are knowingly faking their responses, perhaps in some sort of misguided respect towards their teacher or reluctance to disappoint him. 3. The teacher interpreted the reaction of the students as real, resulting in his confidence that any fighter would quickly suffer total defeat at his hands (or gesticulations).
Is this not the classic emperor-has-no-clothes situation?
How could this guy really believe his students' poor acting?
How could these students have knowingly set this guy up for such a spectacular fall?
Sometimes I wonder about our species. I really do.