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Old 12-04-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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Re: The Problem of Interpretation

Form follows function. The elegance of the Japanese sword is a direct result of its functional goals.

In other words, I agree that the "why" is important.

On the other hand, a swordsmith's forge could just as easily be used to make shovels. Any given "how" can support many different "whys." So I don't think a focus on "how" really displaces contemplation of "why." Quite the contrary, it supports it. Until you know how to use a forge, you can't choose to make shovels *or* swords.

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