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Old 05-11-2012, 01:03 PM   #10
hughrbeyer
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Re: Teaching Aikido, an Aiki perspective

I wrote somewhere else on AikiWeb that I find that the people I have tended to choose in my life as serious life partners or serious mentors have been very much my-way-or-the-highway types. Definite, opinionated, brilliant at what they do, and they know it. At an intellectual level I might not say this is my ideal--but at a practical level, it apparently is.

Yet these same people are never satisfied with what they know, never complacent--they constantly challenge their understanding, go out and seek new learning, and if they find something they don't know, go after it with a fierce commitment to understand and master it. They recognize excellence in others and aren't afraid to learn from it.

So maybe that's the answer to your question, Francis, how one can be "simultaneously full and devoid of knowledge."
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