Re: In Search of Excellence in Aikido
I have a number of answers at the ready, but there's a related question that I think has to be addressed first. In the spirit of "It takes one to know one," how can we know excellence when we see it?
Certainly we can be amazed, in much the same way we can marvel at a really good prestidigitator, without knowing the secret to the trick. And, perhaps significantly, the more the trick is concealed the better the amazement.
But amazement is not the same thing as recognition. If we can truly know there are some among who have achieved authentic excellence, what is it in us that allows us the confidence of recognition?