There is no peace for the weary. Victory or defeat, when one enters the cantos of hell, there will be trauma.
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When we compare and consider particular works, not only does it enhance the works, but it also brings about a clearer truth. As an avid mixed martial arts (MMA) fan, I have been following the unpredictable career of professional fighter Nick Diaz. He has been a champion, he has been fined, he has been banned, and when he fights he moves in one direction — forward. Diaz is as transparent as dirty dishwater; equal parts punk rock and street poetry. Many of the things he has been known to say can only be understood by Diaz. However, there are also times of contemplative lucidity, where inner truths resonate in universal pitch and timbre.
Nick Diaz once gave an interviewer the soundbite of a lifetime. A moment of MMA purity that vividly explains the experience of a championship-level fighter. It is the best insight into the mind of a working fighter.
Reminiscent of another body of work; a body not from within the objective reality of the octagon but from the literary fantasy world of science fiction. In Ender's Game, the reader is drawn into the chaotic mind of a different kind of fighter, Ender Wiggin.
Wiggin is a young man bred for war and born of conflict. Though the world of Ender is one of imagination, the dark truths expressed of the human psyche are all too real. Truths the enigmatic Nick Diaz knows well.
Nick Diaz and Ender Wiggin echo the same sentiment of pyrrhic victory; even the winners are casualties of the fight. There is no peace for the weary. Victory or defeat, when one enters the cantos of hell, there will be trauma.