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Old 08-27-2009, 08:16 AM   #16
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Re: How To Teach Power & Harmony?

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In the battle of good versus evil just how much of the evil shall we retain? How is it possible to unify good and evil? ... Destroy evil without becoming evil I get but where and what is unified?
Hassidic Judaism distinguishes two types of persons tending to goodness -- exemplified by Jacob and his twin Esau. One is the tzadik who in his nature desires and seeks after righteousness. The other is the beinoni, the "between" man who lives in and loves to strive with and triumph over evil. Budo resides in the latter category.

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It seems you have posed an unsolvable problem.
There is a difference between a problem with indeterminate solutions, and an unsolvable problem. Navier-Stokes equations are of the former type -- and yet we have worked our way through to dazzling array of different solutions that have very practical applications in aviation.

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Nothing there to clarify the nature of the divine. Seems the elliptical paths are woven by those 'in the know' and they are just playing with us. Still begs the question as to who is the arbiter of the 'Divine Plan' and who knows the 'Will of the Great God'? Assigned duties?
You are assuming it is necessary to know the global plan to understand its local geography -- which is not the case. Budo's purpose is not to know the divine plan -- it is to oppose evil, in accordance with that plan. "Prosper the work of our hands" the Psalmist says. Returning to our favorite text, "Good and evil have not changed since yesteryear; ... It is a man's part to discern them,... "

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Either way O'sensei still makes the point that the universe needs perfecting - what, exactly, is 'broken'?
You know that, or I should say you could easily point to three or four things that are evidence of it. Now go find out why, and fix them. Voila -- the "process of perfection." Rinse, repeat. Simple -- but not easy. And you will also get it wrong, and have ot fix part of the fixes. The desire for definite certainty seems very much a part of the problem, especially of very large forms of evil -- juxtaposed against a more reserved, tentative (and yes recursive/retracing/ backtracking) of a willingness to risk slight err and recurrent corrections -- and opposed to demanding complete correctness and thus commit monstrous errors, with little will to correction. "The just man sins seven times a day."

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The solution to Gödel's trashing of logic is to invoke some power from beyond logic to rectify the situation - certainly he couldn't do it and went insane in the process. There is more to it than logic can describe so how to teach such in a logical progression (so as to make it more easily learned) - it can't be done.
Assuming one teaches in a logical progression. I prefer to teach from a point of reference in movement inward toward the particular elements of a movement or outward toward its general evolution into related movements. I pick one and go with it.

There are lots of holes in that approach, but none more demonstrable than in any arbitrary "logical progression." -- It is the cracks in the world that let the light in. Completion always comes from without, and yet so too remains incomplete -- so teaches Gödel. Any linear traverse of a landscape is just a slice of the whole.

Cordially,

Erick Mead
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