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#140818 - 05/09/05 04:55 AM Something that applies to us all
SANCHIN31 Offline
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Registered: 12/26/04
Posts: 3783
Loc: Arkansas, U.S.
I was over at my head instructors house several years ago(he has retired from teaching now)and I saw a note on one of his certificates in his hall. This is what it said:

In this life of mine,
I have known nothing,
seen nothing or noone,
not even myself or my God,
that has not been both hard and soft.

I'll never forget it. It seems to have so much meaning and applies to everything I know.I've seen it from each of our members too. Just thought I'd share that with you and see what you think of it.
Of course I do Goju so that's where the hard/soft aspect of that started,but it goes much deeper. Thanks.

#140819 - 05/09/05 07:03 AM Re: Something that applies to us all [Re: SANCHIN31]
Ambrosius Offline

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 15
The obvious answer to this is silly putty. Its hard if you hit it very fast, and soft if you squeeze it slowly.

#140820 - 05/09/05 11:17 AM Re: Something that applies to us all [Re: SANCHIN31]
Ket Offline

Registered: 11/18/04
Posts: 612
Loc: TX
I don't have any comment as to the meaning of that quote ...Just want to say that I loved it.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards, -Ket "Life is a myriad of probabilities. Living is a plethora of possibility."

#140821 - 05/10/05 02:04 AM Re: Something that applies to us all [Re: Ket]
SANCHIN31 Offline
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Thanks Ket. Anyone else?
Skinny,Bald,and Handsome! Fightingarts Warrior of the year

#140822 - 05/10/05 02:21 AM Re: Something that applies to us all [Re: SANCHIN31]
Foolsgold Offline

Registered: 09/02/04
Posts: 1635
Loc: South Lyon, MI, USA
I also loved it. It also has a bit of a dual meaning, I think. Everything can be harder or softer when regarded next to its superior (Except diamond. Diamond is forever ). But I suppose that's not entirely true, either.

I think that the forum members are an excellent example.
Soy stupido, pero soy guapo!

#140823 - 05/10/05 04:48 AM Re: Something that applies to us all [Re: Foolsgold]
Bushi_no_ki Offline

Registered: 05/03/05
Posts: 1669
Loc: POM, Monterey CA
Is not hard the opposite of soft? This saying seems to be Taoist in nature to me, reflecting the duality of the universe. Everything is hard and soft. Can not the same man who plods along with no grace at all be taught to dance and flow with the music? To some, it might seem impossible, but it is truly possible. Does not our soft flesh cover hard bone? Do we not find soft sandstone as well as hard granite? Compare gold to steel. Every where we look, we find opposites, and Goju is just another example of how the world flows in opposites.

#140824 - 05/10/05 11:42 PM Re: Something that applies to us all [Re: SANCHIN31]
DullBlade42 Offline
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Registered: 11/22/04
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Loc: Long York, New Island
I have a feeling that quote will not become foreign in my mind neither, now. I thank you.

The statement pretty much speaks for itself, I really have nothing to add to it. It stands supports the Yin-Yang, basically.

I wish I could think of more to say to give this recognition but my mind's a blank.
I'm against picketing, but I don't know how to show it. -Mitch Hedberg

#140825 - 05/11/05 04:17 PM Re: Something that applies to us all [Re: DullBlade42]
MG26 Offline

Registered: 05/11/05
Posts: 13
It's a knife.

A knife of discrimination. Hardness and softness are relative qualities, based on an individual's subjective assessment. They are not an absolute truth - what one individual finds to be hard another will find to be soft and vice versa. The only purpose this knife serves is to establish its own truth, using the power of reason and the surrounding phenomena of the manifest physical world all around us to site itself, creating something out of nothing i.e. its own reality.

#140826 - 05/18/05 01:19 AM Re: Something that applies to us all [Re: SANCHIN31]
GojuRyuboy13 Offline

Registered: 11/29/04
Posts: 538
Loc: U.S. of A.
May the force be with you.


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