The study of social structures is astounding. Intuitively, you see social and economical cliques. Birds of a feather, flocking together.
There's far more to it, than that. You see, people don't just adopt people's traits - they actually attract them.
What started off as a study of obesity, became a study of the bio-organism we call the human species.
Its really quite beautiful to behold, as impartially as one is able.
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My favorite part was the graphite vs diamond analogy. Think about it. Your energy and molecular build up could be comprised of the same pieces as diamond, or not-diamond. And, through the act of your will alone, energy follows thought, and you rearrange them.
That's what I took from it, anyway. The power to change your reality. Surround yourself with what you wish to be.
As a teacher at Richmond's Best Martial Arts School, I've had the privilege of observing this social phenomenon in a more controlled environment.
The overwhelming energy of Shinka is positivity. Of fitness, of growth. So, when a new student joins, they join a social group of positive, fit people attaining personal growth.
Naturally, they become "absorbed into the collective" and become more awesome. Its fascinating to watch.
Sensei Ono, Shinka Martial Arts