is Do with Everything at First
The sun and the moon move in a defined orbit, which itself follows defined
principles. Birds and beasts travel only along their routes because it
is appropriate to their pursuits. Similarly, man should know and follow
the way of TAEKWONDO because it integrates at once all the principles
of nature, of reasonable teleonomy , and of the right way of life. Because
ethics can be meaningful only in respect to man's activities, and truth
only in activities in contact with reality, the right way of TAEKWONDO
integrates both value and fact.
Some argue with emotional prejudice that the essence of Taekwondo is to revive man. However, this is a faulty notion which arises out of a narrow minded perspective. If something has one side then by necessity it must have another. Life exists only because death exists also, and big beasts can live because they prey on smaller ones. Then how can you say that we have to measure these circular and boundless changes seen throughout nature by man's yardstick alone?
The medical arts stand in opposition to Taekwondo, how then can Taekwondo
be a mere technique to revive man? The true essence of Taekwondo is as
a technique to maim and kill another human. However, it must be added
that this is not the entirety of Taekwondo. There is more to Taekwondo
than merely the techniques of maiming and killing. The spirit of Taekwondo
is not to shut your mind by distinguishing everything with the measure
of biased prejudice, but to open your mind, accepting all aspects of things
in their entirety. With this mindset you will discern the light of life
at the end of lethal motion. Thus, Taekwondo is a process of moving on
from under dark shade into the vivid light of life.
7) You may be unfamiliar with the term teleology. Teleology is defined as, "the doctrine of study of ends or final causes, esp. as related to the evidence of design or purpose in nature; also transf. Such design as exhibited in natural objects or phenomena" (Oxford English Dictionary). When we speak of teleonomy it carries a similar implication, while remaining slightly different. While teleology describes an end-directed system from an objective point of view, teleology refers to a subjective end-directed system. Naturally we all have our own ends, and we make our daily plans according to such ends. The overall method of planning and pursuit towards one final goal is the meaning of "teleonomy". Generally speaking, and by dint of common sense, some middle end or plan is helpful and even necessary in achieving one's final objective, we term this rational. In addition, we may say that a system is teleonomically reasonably when there is a relationship between method, final end, and external conditions. Then we come face to face with the next problem: can the final end be the judge of whether or not the means are reasonable? That is, do ends always justify the means? We can say that this is a matter of "rightness" (i.e. ethics).
8) In Korean Een () means person, and thus Taekwondo-Een refers to a practitioner of Taekwondo. I maintain this term in Korean without translation as the Korean term is gender inclusive. I found the wholly English "Taekwondo practitioner" somewhat wordy and overly clinical.