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Old 05-13-2008, 04:37 PM   #32
Erick Mead
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Re: Kisshomaru as Interpretor of the Founder's Words

Fred Little wrote: View Post
President Chavez couldn't have said it better himself!
Except for the substitution of supposition for pertinent fact to back it up. Real people, individually and collectively are far more interesting and complicated than any posterized versions that pass for facts among those for whom an agenda is more important than reality.

Present company specifically excepted, of course.

That's what I like about budo. A bokken swung at your head is no longer a representation of anything -- it is the thing. In that moment, all pretense is gone. Even though more than half of warfare is deception, it still has a basic honesty that politics sorely lacks.

See, the thing about history is, that it is contingent -- like combat. "The race is not always to the swift , etc. ... but time and chance happeneth to them all." The rudiments of exterior or cursory similarity do not answer the purpose, because often small, "meaningless" things in themselves, (the proverbial horsehoe nail, or say, a hobbit) do not answer to the rubric of any one's screed of propaganda, right or left. Of course, civilized society is not built on grand truths, but on lots of those small ones -- cushioned with the little lies we can all live with. We, in the West, have been the advocates of the many freely drawn small truths (and the many small, comforting lies) as against forcible grand ones -- of both types.

Aikido is not immune to any of these tendencies -- good or bad.


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