View Single Post
Old 07-21-2003, 10:49 PM   #5
PhilJ's Avatar
Dojo: Aikido Bukou
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 240
On the flip side of Opher's comment, I think many folks give up far too easily on others. A "do nothing", vanilla attitude towards someone who needs help, to me, is escapist (I'm not implying anyone suggested this here, though; a very subjective statement on my part, I understand).

Of course, you can only go so far before succumbing to those problems you try to solve -- something possibly implied in the story.

This teacher could possibly have done something else other than pretend to be an innocent bystander. Mind games make me tired. A wo-/man who deceives only to end up with only the option of killing is no moral compass for me.

Manuel said: "It is a beatiful illustrative tale and it is very, very old." An excellent point. The story definitely sounds great.


Phillip Johnson
Enso Aikido Dojo, Burnsville, MN
An Aikido Bukou Dojo
  Reply With Quote