Chit chat ...
You know, I was thinking how overbearing most of the posts are to Bruce ...
That would be me.
(Although the knowledgeable sensei's seem to respond with knowledge and kindness, for which I am grateful.)
If we were all face to face, I am sure that either my size, tone of voice, or actual physical aikido practice would force some of the nasty comments to come to a close, or at least force them to the private whispers as MR. Baker deserves a little respect ... for a few years of living. (49 to date)
When did the thread writers get to be on a personal first name basis with me in such an overbearing manner! It is beyond good manners. I am sorry if you have such disrespect for you elders or peers, maybe you should relearn manners again?
As for items of disbelief ...
Some of you need to train a bit more, read a bit more, get out and do a few more studies beyond learning to drink and socialize? (of course, this is for the inane responders who need refrain from detrimental remarks just because we cannot touch beyond a computer screen? That also can be remedied, by many means ... think about it? Read the Aikiweb protocol about behavior?)
On the other hand ... about growing old ...
I think my children have sucked the youth out of me and refuse to give it back!
One of the things I have learned from fixing outboard and inboard motors, anything is possible ... you just have to be around long enough to see it. I have seen too many impossible scenario's come into being outside the text manuals, and repair technicians? The Corporate slant isn't always the correct way to fix something, this too changes with input from field technicians ... like me.
Of course, when you deal with the entire spectrum of humanity, from the poor clammer to the billionare, you get a different slant on life than someone who is stuck in one kind of life, year after year.
Sorry for you.
I have had most of my fun outdoors, meeting people, watching their kids grow into adults, and having their grandchildren drive the boats I have fixed or serviced.
It could be that my spirituality is the result of having Native American Blood in my family. Natives lean towards a spiritual side of nature while embracing the lessons of survival, and keeping their family safe. Normally, truth is more important to Natives than the contractual words on paper with loopholes and broken promises.
Hence, I sometimes respond with anger to spin doctor threads that recast and create angry responses based on the reponders own inadequecys?
Sorry. Didn't know you had emotional baggage to be aired?
Maybe we should have a socialize thread with advice and experiences of others? Our Aikido communitys own advice collumn?
I didn't know so many people had degrees in psychology? Maybe we should lock some of you perfectly normal people into a rubber room for a month or more and see just what you will say or do to get out? I will bet your story changes, your behavior modifies, and you will tell any lie to get what you want?
Sorry, I can't lie, and change to a whim of thread response.
But then, I am not of the younger generation, nor do I pretend to be anything but a dinosaur from a bygone time.
Tough ... get a grip responders, your little world is not what you thought it was ... it is a lot more!
My thought for chit chat was to enlighten some seekers of knowledge while practicing Aikido as I do, but then we still have the hecklers, the disbelievers who (it is ok to be disbelievers, that is freedom) would rather heckle than find the truth in its real forms, not the half baked twisted media truth of television and their social peers inept knowledge?
The fact is, not even common Chinese/Japanese know or care about many of the things we discuss in our Aikiweb forum? If it doesn't concern their daily life, it can't be important? Yet, we are here ... trying to understand Aikido?
Maybe, it isn't worth the thought, or the words? But all real knowledge comes from searching, and not listening to others who demand you live like they do, telling you to learn like they do.
I say, go find the knowledge. Unlike thirty years ago, it is more available than ever. Don't be fooled into thinking there are not scientific reasons for everything in this universe? We simply haven't gotten to all of them yet.
So, for those who shake their heads and know more than anyone else, I am sorry that you are so smart ... could you share your secret with us all?
For those who respond with quips and petty overlording demands .... Oh, well! Mr. Baker has his own world to deal with. Get a Grip! Deal with yours!
Perhaps the spiritual side of Aikido has eluded you? Manners would carry over if it didn't, wouldn't they?
Hey, if we all truly believed in the goodness of our religions, and practiced those gracious tenents, we would just have to get along!
Obviously, some of us only practice them when we want, or on our holy days? I am sorry for you.
But those of you who think, wonder, and continually seek knowledge with clear minds ... I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your insight, and sharing what knowledge you have.
To end this chit chat:
For you big studs who believe your size and words protect you ... forget about it! Politeness, humbleness, and knowledge will put a real hurtin' on the biggest SOB ... or make them your friend?
Get over trying to understand Mr. Baker.
Accept the widening of the envelope for Aikido, our understanding of it is restricted by ourselves and no one else.
Accept that your teachers are human beings, with human faults, who try to do the best they can. It is from that flaw of humanity, we find the strength of these teachers as our mentors, and many as our friends.
Don't forget to give your peers the same respect you give to your teachers.
If we did this, I don't think there would be a need to have a Chit-Chat, would there?