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Bob's Thoughts Lessons we can learn from Geese

Fact 1: As each goose flap its wings it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater range than if each bird flew alone.

Lesson: People who share a common sense of direction and community can get where they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

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17 March 2016, 02:11
 

Bob's Thoughts So, you want to learn a martial art?

So you're keen to learn a ‘Martial Art’?

Maybe we can help you acquire outstanding skills in this challenging area of human endeavour. But first, we need to clarify what exactly you mean by the term ‘Martial Art’. You see, this description has been misapplied over the last 60 or so years, to anything and everything Oriental that involves some punching and kicking techniques. The term has strayed from its original meaning, and in the process has lost its relevance.

I've outlined the various types of training you are likely to encounter in an effort to clarify this rather confusing industry of combative activities, and to assist you on your journey of exploration of all things called 'martial arts’…

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18 July 2014, 09:13
 

Bob's Thoughts Albert Einstein on the herd mentality and other things

Quotation from Albert Einstein

new-mistakes"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people – first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labours of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving…

"I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts – possessions, outward success, luxury – have always seemed to me contemptible.

"My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. I am truly a 'lone traveler' and have never belonged to my country, my home, my friends, or even my immediate family, with my whole heart; in the face of all these ties, I have never lost a sense of distance and a need for solitude…"

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12 February 2014, 21:28
 

Bob's Thoughts Self-defence arts and combative sports - there is a difference

samurai-with-spearOnce-upon-a-time, in our earlier pioneering days - when life was genuinely tough - social groupings of humans were small and scattered fairly scantily over a wide geographic area, particularly in rural or frontier territory. To survive the unpredictable ravages of nature, unexpected attacks by hungry four-legged predators, and surprise ambushes from opposing bands of violent opportunists, humans needed a strong spirit of self-sufficiency, and a health dose of independence and courage, supported by sound physical and mental strength.

Against this background, particularly in the Middle and Far East and especially in China, carefully structured civilian self-defence arts evolved out of the contemporary martial arts of the various warrior groups. These highly effective methods of personal protection became the reserve of the civilian populace who were largely unarmed except for ready access to common handheld home or farm implements, ranging from knives to staves, and even to makeshift spears.

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07 April 2013, 09:34
 

Bob's Thoughts Bob's life-juggler theorum

We start life as a singular existence: Ourselves = a single point in time (conflict within, our competing 'wants')...requiring bending others to our will (our 'wants') - unitary focus.

work-life• From that we expand into preparing ourselves for and committing ourselves to our own life-support system (education / career, viz., income generation): Unwillingly or with great motivation = two points, a straight line (conflict between the 'wants' of ourselves and our 'needs' – providing for our future)... requiring our manageable twofold focus.

• Then, as we blossom into fuller adulthood, we seek out (or acquire) the intimate company of another: Unwillingly or with great motivation = three points, a triangle (conflicts between our 'wants and needs', those of a career, and those of our partner)... requiring our manageable threefold focus.

• Predominantly, we expand into a close, family-type relationship embracing the care and future development of our child/ren: Unwillingly or with great motivation = four points, a square (and the sometimes disastrous conflicts between our subsuming 'wants and needs', those of a demanding career, those of an increasingly 'lonely' partner, and those of our growing child/ren)... requiring our manageable fourfold focus.

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30 January 2013, 02:04
 

Bob's Thoughts A New Year's aspiration for 2013

(courtesy of Thomas Becket, 1118-1170)

 

May your year be a happy one!

 

Not by being shielded from all sorrows and pain,

But by being strengthened to bear it, as it comes;

 

Not by having an easy path,

But by being made sturdy to travel any path;

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17 December 2012, 04:05