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the water does not try
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  #104 New 03-02-2012 03:30 AM
sign of peace
Karaoke at the snack by Trevor Hartsell



Warning: There is a little profane language in this post. If you don't want to read it please stop now and check back in next week. Niall


Those who seek competition are making a grave mistake. To smash, injure or destroy is the worst sin a human being can commit. The real Way of a Warrior is to prevent slaughter - it is the Art of Peace, the power of love.
Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido, quoted in The Art of Peace by John Stevens

The time of universal peace is near.
Prove this a prosp'rous day, the three-nooked world
Shall bear the olive freely.

William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra act 4 scene 6

The earth makes a sound as of sighs and the last drops fall from the emptied cloudless sky. A small boy, stretching out his hands and looking up at the blue sky, asked his mother how such a thing was possible. Fuck off, she said.
Samuel Beckett, The End

Christy Brown: Fock ahv.
Dr. Eileen Colt: With speech therapy, I can teach you to say "fuck off" more clearly.

from the movie adaptation of Christy Brown's autobiography My Left Foot




If someone takes out a camera in Japan young people all pose flashing two-finger peace signs. In the UK that palm out V-sign is a victory sign. Winston Churchill used it during the second world war as a powerful symbol of hope.

In Japan the sign meant victory until the early nineteen-seventies. There was a sports serial drama on television called Sign wa V. It was about volleyball. Volleyball became wildly popular after the Japanese women's volleyball team won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. The V in the title meant victory.

Then in 1972 the meaning of a V-sign shifted from victory to peace. It already had started to be used in that sense in the USA against the war in Vietnam. At the 1972 Sapporo winter Olympics Janet Lynn, an American figure skater, became very popular in Japan. She fell during her free skating program. She smiled and still went on to win the bronze medal. She became a symbol of figure skating and of the purity of sport. She flashed a V for peace sign in many of her public appearances. Then camera commercials for Konica showed the singer and actor Jun Inoue doing the peace V-sign. For young people it gradually became an automatic reaction to someone aiming a camera.

But it also has an omote and an ura. A front side and a reverse side. The peace sign has the palm facing out. If the palm faces in the gesture is an insult in the UK and Ireland and Australia and New Zealand. Or sometimes an act of defiance.

Many cultures use peace in their greetings. Islam and Hebrew use phrases like peace be upon you or peace be to you in daily greetings. Some Christian services include peace be to you. One day, one day, we will all mean it.

Niall


links
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-sign
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:V_sign
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_symbols
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Beckett
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christy_Brown
http://www.irishwriters-online.com/brown-christy/
http://www.japantoday.com/category/h...ose-for-photos
http://www.japantoday.com/category/c...ng-peace-sign/


main photo Karaoke at the snack by Trevor Hartsell; photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hartsell/with/4922974450/

Cruising for Peace?
by iMorpheus/Derek A; photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfj/with/1505780886/

Kes poster from the British Film Institute

Steve McQueen v-sign link from Wikipedia







John Stevens, The Art of Peace on Amazon

Samuel Beckett, The Complete Short Prose on Amazon

Christy Brown, My Left Foot on Amazon

William Shakespeare, Complete Works on project gutenberg


my home page with a mirror of these blog posts plus posts not related to martial arts: mooninthewater.net/aikido


my columns on aikiweb:
Aikido Teaching Information Silence
Bamboo
Aiki and Kokyu Ryoku
Resistance
Martial Arts in Manga and Animé
Indigo Blue
Improvised Weapons No.1: The Umbrella
Brothers
Unbalance - Feet of Clay
Half a Tatami
Zen in the Art of Aikido


I have an essay in a charity e-book put together by some writers and photographers to raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku on 11 March 2011. It costs $9.99.



© niall matthews 2012
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RSS Feed 4 Responses to "sign of peace"
#4 03-09-2012 01:33 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Billy. Yeah I know what he means. That sounds like all of us when we start aikido. Not necessarily in the right order. Not necessarily with the right rhythm. Not necessarily at the right tempo. And so on... So it's goodnight from me. And it's goodnight from him. Cheers, Niall
#3 03-07-2012 11:31 PM
Makochan Says:
Nice blog Niall, I liked the movie Kes a lot. I enjoy and read all your blogs, but not always on a weekly basis. This is a bit like Eric Morecambe's comment; "I am playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order". Please see my comment to last week's blog. Kindest to you, Billy
#2 03-02-2012 07:23 PM
niall Says:
Thanks Graham. That's a very interesting idea about vibrations. By the way there's an obscure explanation for the two-fingered peace sign in the discussion on one of those Japanese culture sites: if you turn your hand upside down it looks like the legs of a dove... A more likely possibility is that it's like the CND peace mark with the diagonal hands up in hope rather than down in despair. Peace. Niall
#1 03-02-2012 12:58 PM
A timely piece..... It made me think of something someone said to me recently which may or may not be true and that was that doves give off a vibration of divine peace. It is fascinating though that some things like the dove or olive branch are more or less universal symbols of such. Peace.G..
 




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