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"Does it really matter precisely when the young Robert Zimmerman first heard Pete Seeger sing?"
Bruce Handy, reviewing Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz in the International Herald Tribune, September 2010
Wow yes. That's a great question. That gets right to the essence. Knowing when and where Dylan first heard Pete Seeger sing might help you with a music history test but it won't make you a better musician.
And so does it really matter precisely when O Sensei first met Takeda Sokaku? Will knowing it make your aikido better? Even a little? One percent of one percent? Nah.
If we look forward we can have a vision of the future. We can even change the future. But if we look back the past is already fixed.
Voltaire said, "Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers."
So choose your questions wisely.
And I'll let Dylan have the final word.
the present now
will later be past (The times they are a-changin')