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Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
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the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General insecurity Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #66 New 05-29-2011 12:25 AM
insecurity
insecurity by niall

Perhaps life is just that - a dream and a fear
Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes

The thing I fear most is fear
Michel de Montaigne, Les Essais

"I think you're scared." He took hold of my hand. His was strong, hard, warm and slightly sticky. "I
know you're scared," he whispered.
"I'll get over it," I said. "One way or another."

Raymond Chandler, Farewell My Lovely



The irony of the photograph is that the guy is secure enough to wear a jacket with INSECURITY on it. Or maybe he just doesn't speak English.

Courage in Japanese is yu 勇 or yuki 勇気. Anxiety in Japanese is fuan 不安. Fear in Japanese is kyofu 恐怖.

All humans have weaknesses - like selfishness and pride - and fears - like the fear of death or the fear of the unknown or the fear of failure. How do we face our weaknesses and fears and understand them and overcome them? That question - and the answer - will be left behind when we die.

So what is written on your jacket?


Language note 1
Words with long or double vowel sounds can be written in English with a macron bar diacritic in the Hepburn romanization system or with an extra letter. For example勇 can be written yū or yuu which are more accurate and more helpful for readers than yu. But we write judo and aikido in Tokyo not jūdō and aikidō in Tōkyō or - even more clumsily - juudou and aikidou in Toukyou. So for consistency as well as simplicity I normally use short forms. Please use a dictionary if you want to go into the language in more depth.

Language note 2
At the bottom of the Kisaburo Ohsawa thread there is one of those interesting serendipitous links to a question about the use of the words shihan, sensei and sempai. Peter Goldsbury wrote a very interesting, detailed and comprehensive exposition: http://www.aikiweb.com/language/goldsbury1.html. Anyone interested in the Japanese language will learn a lot from it.



free ebooks
Joseph Conrad, Under Western Eyes
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2480

Michel de Montaigne, The Essays of Montaigne - Complete
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3600

if you search for Raymond Chandler e-books on the internet you can find pdf versions

some benefits of insecurity
http://www.usatoday.com/money/compan...eos-usat_x.htm


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#8 06-05-2011 12:49 AM
niall Says:
Thank you Francis - my aikido brother - which will be the theme of this month's column!
#7 06-03-2011 09:44 PM
aikishihan Says:
With due respect to both Gandhi and Shakespeare, our world has been, and will continue to be infinitely blessed by the existence of the countless that will never be named. We are all simply specks of the whole of humanity, taking solace and inspiration from the faceless masses with whom we all interact over time. in oneness
#6 06-03-2011 09:44 PM
aikishihan Says:
Greetings once more, Aiki Brother Niall. Not to be argumentative, but perhaps the world is filled with more than just the cowardly and the valiant. I have known many good people who have experienced death, both up close and personal, as well as losing people they love. A much more in depth study of the elements and impact of fears is definitely in order, especially for those of us who think that they are true warriors.
#5 06-03-2011 11:15 AM
niall Says:
Thanks for your comments, Francis. Perhaps it's just a definition thing but I'm with Shakespeare. Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once. Julius Caesar act 2 scene 2. A cat has a very sensitive awareness and alert system that doesn't include fear. Of course you are right in absolute terms about death but Gandhi say (or Shakespeare!) left the world a better place and so can we all by making good choices. Best regards, Niall
#4 05-29-2011 10:53 PM
aikishihan Says:
Hello Niall. Interesting views on a fundamental element of our essential nature and our ability for self preservation. Rather than being a weakness, I view the ability to recognize fear signals as a key defense mechanism we would do well to cultivate diligently. It is the state of being afraid that is the true weakness in my opinion. Also, when we die, nothing is left behind as nothing could have been taken away. in oneness.
#3 05-29-2011 07:15 AM
niall Says:
About danger - budo training helps us to face any situation calmly and coolly and without freezing or panicking so we can make good decisions.
#2 05-29-2011 05:59 AM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. Yes that was a really good movie. He had to confront death to find - or to remember - what was really important.
#1 05-29-2011 05:50 AM
Thanks for this thoughts provoking post Niall. All humans like animals have this instinctive feeling of fear to protect us of the danger, so it is a good feeling too, but like everything we should keep it in a normal proportion. So if the fear of failure will prevent us to improve we should try to overcome it. A very good movie I saw was Fearless
 




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