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Bob Ashmore wrote:Simon,
I did "get" the idea behind Zhuangzi's lesson to the Son of Heaven, esoterically.
In other words, I "got" it, but I don't buy it.
I'm neither a toaist, a buddhist or a christian, or an adherent of any other doctrine of religion, but I do happen to like two commonly used christian expressions enough to steal them for rebuttal to Zhuangzi's assertions.
God helps those who help themselves.
Praise the Lord, but pass the ammunition.
I suppose it's a fine thing to understand that swords are not dieties to be worshipped or the answer to everything, that one needs to understand his position in life and use the metaphoric "swords" that are available to him to achieve his ends rather than always looking to the real swords for answers.
While it's all well and good to put the "Perfect Man" in charge of the world, what do you do when the perfect man gets a bellyache?
By that I mean that while one should not venerate his sword for the sake of the sword, one should keep it clean, oiled, sharpened and ready for instant use. This is not for veneration of the sword itself, it is for protection of you yourself when and if it ever beomes necessary.
Because even the most perfect man will get a belly ache someday, then the rest of us are going to have to look out for ourselves.
OK, enough philosophy for this time of the A.M. It's early and I've not even had coffee.
Maybe my post would have been more coherent if I'd snuck down to the coffee counter and hoisted a few cups of bean juice first, but there you have it.
Oh, and in terms of "what I have", I have the spring steel practice sword available from the products section of this website. I ordered mine quite a bit before the high carbon, combat grade blades were sold here.
My confreres in class all have the high carbon blades and, while I envy them the quality of the blade, I am still quite pleased with mine and have not noticed any lack in terms of learning the forms or practicing with it.
Some day I will purchase the carbon steel blade, but until then my spring steel blade will serve me admirably.
I just saw the Myth Busters episode where they "bust" they hollywood myth of slicing clean through one sword with another. While they did bust that myth quite handily, they did show, clearly, that a high carbon steel, combat rated blade will snap a spring steel blade in two with very little effort.
So I won't plan on crossing blades with any of my class mates any time soon!
Unless I use my saber, which is the high carbon blade.
OK. I'm done now. Where'd I put that cup of coffee.............?
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