Alec Nevala-Lee

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“Beauty is the most dangerous weapon…”

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Alejandro Jodorowsky

Once a centenarian teacher who had the body of an adolescent told me he had studied martial arts. “Me, too,” I answered. We were in Notre Dame, and he said, “Attack me.” I put myself in a combat position, and he moved his left hand in such an incredibly beautiful way that while I looked at it, fascinated, he gave me a big slap. “Beauty is the most dangerous weapon,” he warned. It took me a long time to understand. He used a secret Chinese practice, which consists of drawing a snake in the air with your hand to distract the enemy. And that is how beauty is: the most awful weapon.

Alejandro Jodorowsky

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July 21, 2013 at 9:50 am

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  1. Painfully accurate. I could not agree more

    cookie5683

    July 21, 2013 at 10:16 am


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