The adage "actions speak louder than words" would seem to apply here. What one does is as much or more of a representation of what one thinks and believes as anything one might say (especially in the case of a hypocrite. One's behaviour is a "sermon" of sorts to those looking on. So it is possible to relay a lesson on how to, or how not to, conduct oneself without saying a word. All of us do this, not just Aikido teachers. Is this appropriate? The question seems moot to me since giving such non-verbal "lessons" is unavoidable.
Maybe the question should be: Is it appropriate to give any weight to the life lessons of my Aikido teacher?
Last edited by Jonathan : 01-14-2002 at 01:29 PM.