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Old 06-12-2005, 04:35 PM   #211
Red Beetle
Dojo: Ithaca
Location: Tennessee
Join Date: May 2005
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Re: Aikido minus mysticism: a step forward

Ignatius Teo wrote:
Monty, (may I call you Monty?)

You are absolutely right. You do not need the mysticism in aikido to learn or teach it
Thank you.

Mysticism is simply a tool for explaining things (and how O'Sensei explained his universe of meaning).
Here is where we would disagree.

Personally, I prefer the mysticism part and find it easier to understand than something expressed in the much clumsier English language.
I claim that mysticism is not understandable. It is better and more cogent to use the English language.

Very often, things get lost in "translation" and the transliteration does not always convey the "correct" meaning.
I deny this. It is because all language is propositional that it can be translated in the first place. If there is propositional meaning, then it can be translated. If something is lost in the translation, then you need a better translation.

Red Beetle
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