Thanks for the link to the article. I would have written it that way if I'd a thought of it,
Thank you also for your reminder about the real history of the violent aspects of the Bushi. Perhaps it is precisely because some of us have some understanding of this aspect that the practice of Budo allows us the continual confrontation within our selves, and that the shugyo of years grinds away some of this dross leaving something finer behind. I can't see much more point as the years go by, it is definitely to late for me to turn into a martial arts "Master", and even they return to dust.
To all, It was great to see that so many others know what we are about, let's not lose it.
with respect, Alec