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Old 01-30-2007, 04:37 PM   #292
Brion Toss
Dojo: Aikido Port Townsend
Location: Port Townsend, Wa.
Join Date: Jul 2003
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Re: Baseline skillset

If you chase the word "subtle" down to its molecular level, or the etymological equivalent thereof, you will find that it is ultimately derived from "teks-", which also is the basis for words like tisse, context, architect, and, lo and behold, technical. That is why I used "subtle" instead of "insubstantial" or "ethereal"; principles are elusive, not because there isn't much to them, but precisely because there is so much.
Still, as Mike said above, principles are, "... fairly straightforward, just like a magic trick after someone shows you how it's done. THEN it gets subtle." Or, in Edisonian terms, that's where the 99% perspiration part kicks in.
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