Always remember that all arrows and most harsh words should be saved until one is absolutely positive of the target, and even then there are much worse things than receiving an insult or even an arrow to your own body. We can ill afford to lose any more masters.
-- LR August 28, 2011
The answer is quite simple. You wouldn’t, not if your goal is to kill everything in sight. The modern weapons are built to kill much more efficiently; that's why they have replaced the ancient weapons.
As long as you don't care about being in harmony with your environment, the modern weapon is your friend. Like so many technological marvels, modern weapons are absolutely perfect tools for the job. Unfortunately this is not a perfect world.
Let me give you some analogies. If you wish to create a perfect picture, why use a brush and paint? A digital camera and Photoshop will turn out a perfect picture every time. Why would anyone play a real piano when, by its very definition, the instrument regularly goes out of tune, whereas an electric piano produces a perfect note every time? Why would anyone take all the time necessary to cook a full meal, when they can simply pop something in the microwave that will take only a few minutes, will look better, taste better and in general will be perfect?
The answer, of course, is obvious: There's something missing from the perfect picture, the perfect sound, and the perfect meal. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say something has been added to make them truly perfect.
In the 70 years that I have lived on this planet, physics has gone from an exact science to an almost exact science. That pesky Einstein and his quantum physics screwed everything up. Einstein comes up with some crazy idea that nothing is absolute or perfect. So even when you create something that's perfect, it's not, it's just a little farther out from the center of nature, because perfection does not occur in nature.
Now back to the original question, Why would anyone choose to study a martial arts weapon?
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