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Old 12-27-2002, 10:37 AM   #51
Dojo: Baltimore Aikido
Location: Baltimore
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 586
Sorry, Bruce, but I have almost no idea what you are trying to say. The only thing that I did get out of it is that you are advocating speaking in a plain and straightforward manner. That's a little funny because apparently what is plain and straightforward for you is quite opaque and convoluted to me.

There are those who claim that all language is metaphor. Whether or not I hold with that, metaphor is often a powerful and concise way to communicate. It also seems to have a greater grip on our imagination and can thus lead to deeper insights and understandings than an effort to capture the same idea in a more explicit way.

Like I said, some metaphors don't work for some people. When a metaphor doesn't work for me, I try to assume that it's because I am being inflexible in my thinking. That may not be true all the time, but it's almost always more interesting than any of the other approaches I can think of.

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Old 12-27-2002, 11:14 AM   #52
Bruce Baker
Dojo: LBI Aikikai/LBI ,NJ
Location: Barnegaat, NJ
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 893
You don't get it, do you Gregg?

There are no shihans off the mat.

There are people with more knowledge and practice than other people.

We are all human beings of equal ability, and some of us have a sense of humor about it?

Lighten up ... life is too short to be that serious.

Read the art of war. What I said is merely a paraphrase of some of the instructions found there.

Remember as you complain, "you most dislike in others the things you dislike in yourself."

If you can learn to work with that, then go ahead and write to who ever you want.

But in writing this disciplinary note, consider ... you have wanted to say what I have been thinking, or are you angry because someone who is not a high mucky muck in the lodge of the grand phu-bah makes sport of the thoughts gathered from so many sources in the martial world? My opinions, or don't I have a right to think?

I guess that was uncalled for ...

I will leave it though .... as a jab at the ego of some practitioners who have not found the humor of life, or the have not learned that someday you need to see the world through eyes of equality, not the caste system.

Maybe it is I who am deluded in sizing up other people, situations, encounters that can be handled with words or actions? Could be my encounters with senators, congressmen and celebritys out drinking and whoring with bodyguard at hand that makes me so cynical.

When you are out there, in the middle of situation that can't be settled by words, you have to know when to throw a table, twist a few arms, or get the hell out of dodge.

Either way, you gotta get a grip on this Aikido worship thing.

Hey ... I just woke up in the middle of next week. Give me a break.

(Middle of next week ... been knocked out? ...or haven't you ever seen someone knocked out for a while by a clip to head?)
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Old 12-27-2002, 11:16 AM   #53
Bruce Baker
Dojo: LBI Aikikai/LBI ,NJ
Location: Barnegaat, NJ
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 893
Don't get Mad Gregg ... I was just ribbing you.

Just kidding around....
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