There’s an ancient story of a martial arts master who attempts to give one of his students, the “chosen one,” the secret to harnessing the power of the universe. But the two of them discover that the sacred scroll containing the secret is nothing but a blank reflective surface. Eventually, the student realizes the true meaning of the scroll, that the power of the universe is already inside of him. Armed with this newfound knowledge, the student becomes the master and defeats the evil warrior.

You may recognize this ancient story as the plot of the movie Kung Fu Panda. Yes, I realize that it’s a children’s animated movie about a noodle-making panda bear with no formal martial arts training who is chosen over five highly skilled experts ...

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