My apologies if I misread you. To borrow your analogy, and confuse things even further, both conditions are equally true, equally false, and neither true or false. The paradox is something akin to a koan... a riddle... that every journeyman must resolve in their own way, and in their own time.
The more you understand how martial techniques function, the less inclined you will be to actually use them, perhaps opting for a less fatalistic response - which may or may not be the appropriate response. It depends... there is no right or wrong answer. And it varies from person to person, depending on their own value system and moral compass.
Ultimately, it is a personal choice. It can be both martial and spiritual, one or the other, or, if you take the view that in the end, there is only the training - then it is neither.