An important part of this body of Chinese cultural identity is ancient and premised upon the idea of ‘longevity’ – (or ‘living for a long-time’) – which is central to all Chinese systems of exercise, diet and medicine, etc. Due to various racist approaches adopted by the West – many very old people living in China are viewed as being a figment of the Chinese imagination – whilst obviously ‘fake’ elderly people emerging from ‘White’ countries are accepted to a fanfare of support despite no evidence whatsoever!
The human mind equals one type of ‘self-aware’ body (emanating from the brain), the physical body is the environment the ‘mind’ (brain) inhabits, and this body exists in a ‘third-body’ – which is the (material) physical environment! Through industry humanity has produced a tremendous amount of wastage – most of which is poisonous or damaging to the environment, the living creatures inhabiting the environment, and detrimental to human health and longevity!
The middle-classes possessed an idyllic physical space within which their bodies existed – a situation (and set of material conditions) that often generated a corresponding sense of a ‘spacious’ interior (or expansive mind-set) that could, providing the right education and motivation was present, lead to ground-breaking theorising and progressive scientific endeavour!
The cultural and religious baggage within Asian cultures generally means that it takes decades to finally arrive at the ability that Systema teaches from the first day of training (and only then, if the practitioner of the Asian arts has found a competent Master). This signifies the ‘Socialist’ egalitarian nature of ‘Systema’ where there were no coloured belts representing a fascistic and hierarchical grading system – as is common within Japanese culture. In the original Soviet – (and now ‘Russian’) – martial system (Systema), the highest form of inner and outer awareness, body-alignment, organisation and movement, as well as advanced technical manifestation – is taught first without any hesitation, whilst an individual’s psychological and emotional (spiritual) understanding of what a practitioner is physically experiencing has to catch-up over the many years of training.
Therefore, most Bolsheviks (including Lenin) possessed a dim view of the Scouting Movement – declaring it thoroughly bourgeoise and decadent in nature – and seeing it as a serious encumbrance to building a Socialist State! Furthermore, even at this time, paedophilia had raised its ugly head in the Scout Movement in Russia, (following the tradition developed throughout Western Europe), which saw older men in authority sexually abusing the young boys entrusted into their care. This reflected the tradition of child abuse prevalent throughout the Protestant and Catholic Churches in the West – which was well represented throughout the priesthood of the Russian Orthodox Church! Although the children of the rich were sometimes targeted – the establishment figures preferred to also to target the children of the peasantry knowing that their parents could do nothing about it!
If anyone can repair this, please contact the Temple. Upon reflection I suspect children climbing the elephants have not helped matters over the years… The left-hand elephant nobly sustained our two children!