Years ago, an elderly, frail Japanese martial arts master once boasted a 200-0 record against his opponents.
He claimed to have a unique power that allowed him to inflict serious injury on people without actually laying a finger on them.
Was it Chi? Magic? None of the above. It was a total scam. But that didn’t matter.
You see, the legend of the master’s powers turned out to be far more powerful than reality.
His core following of students believed in the master so much that they would fling themselves across the dojo whenever he raised his pinky finger.
And anyone who saw the display would become transfixed by the perception of the master’s extraordinary abilities. It was an incredible case of mass delusion.
Everyone believed it, including the master himself. He was so confident in his skills that he put up a $5,000 challenge that he could beat any fighter in the world.
A mixed martial arts champion accepted the wager, and the result wasn’t pretty.
As you can see in the video, the master is quickly knocked to the ground with a broken nose and a pool of blood. Observers scramble to find a doctor to come to his aid.
You can almost hear the sound of reality quickly taking hold from the gasps of his students. No one could bring themselves to believe that the master had been so quickly beaten. Read the rest of this entry »