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Old 01-25-2011, 08:17 PM   #90
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Re: The Essence of Training

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What about "life-on-the line" class? They had a grueling life, standing always ready to plunge toward death or even to plunge a knife into their own stomachs....
As I said, choose whatever term makes you feel good. It doesn't have anything to do with the subject under discussion, which is how (or whether) a society can afford to support a professional military class. Not every society could, you know. Just because something is valuable doesn't mean you can automatically afford it.

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Hardly matters, really. Farmers produce food, samurai produce a safe environment in which to do that. They're not non-productive. Just "differently-productive".
Again, call it whatever you want, it does not matter.

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What does it matter? The farmers couldn't have lived without them.
In the discussion of whether or how a society can support a professional military class, it is the only thing that matters.

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But I have found that people prioritize for what they really want. Be it gambling, boat-building, marathon-running or dressing in furry costumes and going to conventions.
So if you really cared about your martial arts, if it was really a priority, you'd do it all day every day. So why aren't you?
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