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Old 10-15-2002, 09:24 PM   #4
Kevin Wilbanks
Location: Seattle/Southern Wisconsin
Join Date: Jul 2002
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I think there is a spirit of independence among many Americans that doesn't include acquiescing to letting someone beat or abuse. I know I have it. My recent ancestors were largely Texas settlers who drove out into the middle of nowhere on covered wagons fighting indians, and poor southerners who had to scrape and fight for every little thing they had. Although I like to think that I have freely chosen my attitudes and disposition - often in distinction to my elders - the reality is that such qualities have a way of being transmitted from generation to generation. There is no way I would put up with an Aikido teacher treating me the way the incident was portrayed in the story. I tend to be mindful of consequences, so I don't think firearms, poision, or bladed weapons would come into play... I consider that progress of a sort.
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