Kung Fu (TV series)

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He is not dead who departs from life with a high and noble fame; but he is dead, even while living, whose brow is branded with infamy.
Johann Ludwig Tieck
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Episode #1

Disciple Caine: Master, do we seek victory in contention?
Master Kan: Seek rather not to contend.
Caine: But shall we not then be defeated?
Master Kan: We know that where there is no contention, there is neither defeat nor victory. The supple willow does not contend against the storm, yet it survives.

"Weakness prevails over strength. Gentleness conquers. Become the calm and restful breeze that tames the violent sea." -Master Kan (may refer to TAO TE CHING #78 "The weak can overcome the strong")

Disciple Caine: Master, our bodies are prey to many needs: hunger, thirst, the need for love.
Master Kan: In one lifetime a man knows many pleasures: a mother's smile in waking hours, a young woman's intimate, searing touch, and the laughter of grandchildren in the twilight years. To deny these in ourselves is to deny that which makes us one with nature.
Caine: 'Shall we then seek to satisfy these needs?
Master Kan: Only acknowledge them and satisfaction will follow. To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance.'

"Fear creates the victim.... I will survive if I can." –Caine

Episode #15 – The Ancient Warrior

Caine: Master, what is the best way to meet the loss of one we love?
Master Kan: By knowing that when we truly love it is never lost. It is only after death that the depth of the bond is truly felt and our loved one becomes more a part of us than was possible in life.
Caine: Are we only able to feel this toward those whom we have known and loved a long time?
Master Kan: Sometimes a stranger known to us for moments can spark our souls to kinship for eternity.
Caine: How can strangers take on such importance to our souls?
Master Kan: Because our soul does not keep time; it merely records growth.