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With Your (Kind) Permission – Revisited

2 Jan
*** NOTE:  This post is a revisit of an earlier post entitled “With Your (Kind) Permission. . . “ The original post may be found in the category: “Sensei’s Maxims & Interludes” at the bottom of this page*** If you are following the four part article on “Mushin Applied To Daily Life” Part 3 will post on January 6th.

I am a guest commentator on another website, which I do not name, because, in essence, I am not blogging here to promote that website. That said, I posted a comment which gave me pause to rethink and add to my post entitled “With your (kind) permission . . .” The original post may be found in the category entitled “Sensei’s Maxims and Interludes”.

On this other website I had commented on a submission addressing a specific form of meditation and ideology. In the article, the author had given an innovative thought as to a traditional methodology. He then stated, inter alia, “To those whose feathers are ruffled by the ideas proposed . .  “ In my comment I supported the author’s innovative and imaginative idea. In doing so, I had directed the author’s attention to the observation made by Nietzsche that in addition to possessing a talent, one must also possess another’s permission to have a talent (see my original post referenced above). I then used the author’s feather-ruffling comment and drew upon a comment made by a philosopher, – of sorts.

Given the feather-ruffling remark used by the author, I submitted the following with the expressed hope that, as he continued to innovate, the within may give him pause to smile. I hope that any innovator that reads the within may also smile as they dare to dream.

For people of my generation and geographic location in the United States, there is another “philosopher“, of a sort – the cartoon character Foghorn Leghorn. For those unfamiliar with Foghorn Leghorn, I have the following link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foghorn_Leghorn

Foghorn Leghorn was an enormous chicken-like character. In the cartoon, he was continuously harassed by his nemesis – the dread Barnyard Dawg (sic). In one episode of the cartoon, Foghorn has his feathers blown off his body while confronting his nemesis. Foghorn, devoid of feathers, gathers them off the ground and philosophically says –

“Fortunately, I say, fortunately I keep my feathers numbered for such an occasion“.

In furtherance to my post “With Your (Kind) Permission . . . “, I would apply Foghorn Leghorn’s comment as follows.

To those whose feathers are ruffled by innovation – number them well, for there is occasion that those that dare to innovate await.

To those who innovate, you need no-one’s permission to have your talent, continue forward and ruffle as many feathers as you can, better yet, blow off the feathers of those that stagnate their methods and ideas – they have been forewarned.

Note: Part 3 of my series “Mushin applied to daily life” will be posted on January6th.

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An expanded discussion of Jiriki Kata-Do & Sanchin Kata may also be found in my new book The Dynamic Meditation Rite Of Sanchin: Gateway To The Three Battles To The Plateau Of Human Serenity. Again, please visit my website for information on how to purchase your copy.

With Your Permission. . .

18 Dec
In his work Beyond Good And Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) had the following comment:

Beyond Good And Evil, Part Four: Maxims and Interludes, Number 151.
I do not necessarily subscribe to the totality of Nietzsche’s philosophy; however, in the recent days and months, I have been reminded of this comment .

To me, it seems that those who do not develop new ideas often choose to ignore or degrade them. They are, in essence, sometimes simply saying that either:

1) They lacked the talent or insight to develop such “radical” concepts, or,

2) They are fearful that if they make their theories and concepts known, they, themselves are subject to the criticism that they espouse. Thus, they seek comfort and affirmation in reiterating old views.

As such, those concepts, and by extension, the one who creates the new paradigm, must be criticized so as to affirm the critics own level of knowledge. It is at such times that I think about the following statement made by an eminent American Karate Pioneer. While he bore the burden of his critics, he was also praised by those that understood him. As the pioneer has passed away, I will not name him; however, his contributions to Karate and philosophy are boundless to those whose hearts remain open.

To those who dare to dream, experiment and innovate, I give you my strength.
I will shortly begin a new multi-installment post in the category of Martial Ideology discussing the martial ideology of Mushin. Please check back soon. In the meantime, please feel free to visit my website at WWW.Dynamic-Meditation.Com



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