Re: Does Budo require a sense of shame?
Positive reinforcement is great. No doubt about it. But shame is not only something that someone else can do to you as a means of control, etc.
There have been times in my life that it would have been very easy to quit if I was the only one that would be let down. There are ideals that I decided to live up to and people that I did not want to think of me as a quitter that helped me motivate myself and do what needed to be done. What it comes down to is I decided that I didn't want to be ashamed of myself.
Our sense of shame that comes from within ourselves can be a powerful self motivational tool that we use in hard times.