From Tsukahara Bokuden's The Hundred Rules of War:
"You should know that Samurai who prefer thick handles and thicker scabbards for their swords are, frankly, not very adept."
Basically, if you want "the big one" just because you think it will make you better...you're a moron.
Aside from swords, I see this warning every day with vocabulary. Don't you love it when someone uses big, fancy words...and it's clear they're not using them properly? Now, I'm all for taking risks, but there needs to be wisdom and humility there too.
In my career as a teacher, I've often got young children commenting on my size. They want to be as big as me one day. Sure, being huge has some real, practical benefits but it also has it's drawbacks. Being a physical "big guy" I:
- often scare small children
- appear to be angry, unless I'm smiling
- continue on my 38 year journey to find a pair of pants that fit properly
- same with shoes
- and long-sleeved dress shirts
- cannot hide in a crowd
- stand no chance at hide-and-seek with my kids
- have hit my head on numerous doors, ceiling fans, lights, etc.
- HATE visiting Colonial Williamsburg...I don't fit in those old buildings
- have found that my actions are more likely than not, interpreted as being more aggressive because of my size
Wanting the newest "thing" because it's supposedly the biggest or best is silly. All things have drawbacks. Be wise and careful what you wish for. Instead of wishing to be big, wish rather, to be the best you-sized-you possible.