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Old 04-03-2013, 03:37 PM   #106
graham christian
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Re: how do we define martial?

Marc Abrams wrote: View Post
Ghenghis Khan was a great warrior. I do not think that many people would talk about his great heart and soul. There is an unfortunate tendency to romanticize the idea of a warrior. This same tendency to distort is also seen in "translating" O'Sensei's words to fit within some kind of romanticized, "new age" framework. Graham likes to talk at length about what O'Sensei said and meant, without being about to cite the actual Japanese and the translations that he is relying on. He might not consider such facts to be important, but many of us do. If you want to express some idiosyncratic meanings of terms and interpretations of what other people said, then you should note it as such, rather than trying to "prove" the "correctness" of those positions in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Marc Abrams
Well excuse me. I'm quite clear they are my interpretations. Most others are too. I'm quite clear that others are intelligent too and quite capable of coming to their own conclusions as to whether they think what I say is good, crackers or in between.

If you think Ghenghis Khan had no heart and soul or little and that I have him in the class of great then that's your business. I'm sure there is whole part of the world which would beg to differ. However that's neither an example of mine or relevant to what I call warrior either, literally speaking.

I've told you before I don't try to prove anything.

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