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Rumpf's Blog Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-14-2005 07:45 AM
Robert Rumpf
Thoughts that I don't want to forget.
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Status: Public
Entries: 143 (Private: 73)
Comments: 19
Views: 153,169

Entries for the Month of February 2007

In General Gandhi Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #100 New 02-22-2007 08:46 AM
Another wikipedia quote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahatma_Gandhi

However, Gandhi was aware that this level of nonviolence required incredible faith and courage, which he realized not everyone possessed. He therefore advised that everyone need not keep to nonviolence, especially if it was used as a cover for cowardice:

"Gandhi guarded against attracting to his satyagraha movement those who feared to take up arms or felt themselves incapable of resistance. 'I do believe,' he wrote, 'that where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would advise violence.'"[18]

"At every meeting I repeated the warning that unless they felt that in non-violence they had come into possession of a force infinitely superior to the one they had and in the use of which they were adept, they should have nothing to do with non-violence and resume the arms they possessed before. It must never be said of the Khudai Khidmatgars that once so brave, they had become or been made cowards under Badshah Khan's influence. Their bravery consisted not in being good marksmen but in defying death and being ever ready to bare their breasts to the bullets."[19]

[18] Bondurant, p. 28
[19] Bondurant, p. 139
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In General Truth and reconciliation Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #99 New 02-22-2007 08:35 AM
Dan Harden wrote: View Post
What remains truly sad is that those in AIkido don't have a clue as to what he was really doing in the first place.
Dan Harden wrote: View Post
There is no end of talented guys trying to make their Aikido more capable.
Well, at least the clueless are trying hard... lol
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In General Torture Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #98 New 02-21-2007 09:05 AM
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In General Litany Against Flames Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #97 New 02-21-2007 08:49 AM
With apologies to Frank Herbert,

"I must not flame. Flaming is the conversation-killer. Flaming is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my frustration. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the flames have gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

But, it is hard.
Views: 648

In General Flaming Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #95 New 02-21-2007 07:54 AM
Interesting article..

New York Times
Flame First, Think Later: New Clues to E-Mail Misbehavior
Published: February 20, 2007
Views: 887

In General More quotes Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #94 New 02-21-2007 07:22 AM
The shortest answer is doing the thing.
Ernest Hemingway

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are stronger at the broken places.
Ernest Hemingway

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are simple things, and because it takes a man's life to know them, the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.
Ernest Hemingway

There is no friend as loyal as a book.
Ernest Hemingway

There is no lonelier man in death, except the suicide, than that man who has lived many years with a good wife and then outlived her. If two people love each other there can be no happy end to it.
Ernest Hemingway

There's no one thing that is true. They're all true.
Ernest Hemingway

They wrote in the old days that it is sweet and fitting to die for one's country. But in modern war, there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying. You will die like a dog for no good reason.
Ernest Hemingway

Wars are caused by undefended wealth.
Ernest Hemingway

What is moral is what you feel good after, and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
Ernest Hemingway

You can wipe out your opponents. But if you do it unjustly you become eligible for being wiped out yourself.
Ernest Hemingway
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In General Skepticism and the New Age Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #92 New 02-15-2007 11:17 AM
"Many adherents of belief systems characterised as New Age rely heavily on the use of metaphors to describe experiences deemed to be beyond the empirical. Consciously or unconsciously, New Agers tend to redefine vocabulary borrowed from various belief systems, which can cause some confusion as well as increase opposition from skeptics and the traditional religions. In particular, the adoption of terms from the language of science such as "energy", "energy fields", and various terms borrowed from quantum physics and psychology but not then applied to any of their subject matter, have served to confuse the dialog between science and spirituality, leading to derisive labels such as pseudoscience and psychobabble.[61][62]

This phenomenon is additionally compounded by the propensity of some New Agers to pretend to esoteric meanings for familiar terms; the New Age meaning of the esoteric term is typically quite different from the common use, and is often described as intentionally inaccessible to those not sufficiently trained in the area of their use. See the following list:-

* Forces. It is commonly held that there exist certain forces, independent of spiritual beings or agencies, and also distinct from forces as defined by science (e.g., gravitation, electro-magnetism, etc.). These forces are elemental in nature; and are held to operate in an automatic fashion as part of the natural order (for example, the force which causes seeds to sprout, grow, and bloom).

* Power. ...More Read More
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In General Why I started Aikido Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #89 New 02-15-2007 07:41 AM
I had just given up playing soccer due to logistics, knee injuries, and of the general lack of growth path for a non-school player in college. Tennis was inconvenient due to the court and partner issue, and going to the gym was alright, but kind of boring. I was looking for something new to do, so I went to my school's activity fair.

I was really intrigued by (western) fencing and the martial arts clubs in general, since I'd always like war-oriented games, considered joining the military, etc. The individual nature of the practice could also fix many of the logistical issues. In addition, most of the "club sports" such as crew demanded a commitment that I couldn't make due to my academic commitments, were team-based (and hence had logistical issues), and/or were seasonal.

Fencing club met only on 1-2 days per week at fixed (inconvenient and/or inaccessible) times, demanded lots of equipment, and seemed to suffer from the growth path issue again. I looked into the judo club, but this was (I think) once a week. Likewise with Tang soo do, and some other martial arts, some of which were actual university classes.

The Aikido club met 4 times per week, for a total of 8 hours of classes, on a wide variety of days, and was a club, not a class. I wouldn't be causing problems if I couldn't make it on a given night. The fees were reasonable, as well, with the "train as often as you want" statement.

In addition, the Aikido people brought mats and were demonstrating ...More Read More
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In General Origami Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #88 New 02-14-2007 02:53 PM
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In General Books Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #87 New 02-13-2007 10:19 AM
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is pretty cool.
Views: 698

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