Aggression is verboten to me because I was in a somewhat abusive relationship, and he learned to be that way from his father. Also, my mother was beaten by my father, which is why she divorced him when she was still pregnant with me.
Encouraging aggression is pure idiocy. Those instincts can be focused more intelligently into things like playing baseball or competing at track, or even into business or playing chess.
The mobsters are not good in chess. They are only good in business.
^^^ Agreed. Here in the Midwest, MMA is pretty damned popular. I went to a family function when I was still with my ex, one of her cousins competes. The older women were just following him around like little puppy dogs
I do have to mention that there is a rift between MMA and some of the Martial Arts world. A lot of people think that the popularity of MMA is detracting from traditional Martial Arts, and takes away emphasis from some of the more beautiful aspects of MA.
MMA is as much a clash of concept as it is a clash between fighters. That so many unique approaches are viable for this competition makes it all the more interesting. Philosophically, there are a number of ways to create a real fighter, and that so many of these can be measured through competition means that sport will possess dynamics beyond many traditional competitions.