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Re: "The Art"
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I'm in San Francisco on business today. As I walked to Little Saigon for dinner, I walked next to a stranger (European) who had just come out of a hotel but hadn't taken off his conference tag, you know, the "PAUL from XYZ company" thing you wear around a lanyard. The streets to Little Saigon aren't particularly dangerous around dinnertime but it's not Disneyland either (trash, hookers and a junkie or two).

I could tell in a heartbeat (not simply from budo but b/c I've been to zillion conferences) that this guy worked the floor at some company's booth so his mind was on everything except what he was doing at the precise moment.

"Hey buddy, you might pack up your name tag unless you want to get hassled" I said easily as I walked beside him.

That single sentence, calmly delivered, popped the fog inside his head. He's obviously from another big city and instantly recognized I'd done him a favor. "Hey thanks" he said, quickly stuffed it and then changed his stride---at least it didn't look like his head was still on the exhibition floor.

That very natural, low stress exchange based on a simple single clue got me thinking about one aspect of the art of self-defense in that awareness of little things plus the application of energy just appropriate to the exact moment are part and parcel of what living a Bujinkan type of life means to me off the mat.

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Are you aware of a philosophical concept called externalism?
You'll find your answer there.


Only superficially.

Assuming we're not "brains in a bottle" and assuming you understand the true nature of a "thing":

If someone is a bad artist, what should you about it apart from arguing semantics on the web?


You don't seem to understand externalism at all but it doesn't really matter.

It's not semantics, but you don't have to do anything about it.

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Dave Lowrey makes a distinction in one of his books about being a "Martial Artisan" versus a "Martial Artist". The Artisan uses his skills to create a work of art, where as the Artist is a "performer".

If we train to have a happy, healthy and safe life, then we should live a happy, healthy and safe life as exhibition of what we have learned.

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My brain hurts, prodigously.

Just one question: if it doesn't matter then why doggedly pursue rank-sellers and the like on the Internet?

Why not just grab them for a chat in person when they are in Japan next?

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Matthew,
That wasn't the question you asked.
You asked what is one to do if they are a bad artist, you didn't say what to do about bad artists.

I will tell those people in person as well.

What's doggy about pointing out a trend as something I don't personally like or care for?

Please make a little more sense or clarify what you are trying to say.


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dogged - stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion"
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Please accept my apologies for the confusion Robert: I feel like the Lion from Twin-Earth "if only I had a better grasp of semantic exetentialist externalism".

Peace.



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That isn't the type of externalism I meant, epistemological externalism and moral externalism.


I was hoping you would clarify your question more for me.




The doggy bit was my failed attempt at being funny, I'm not so good at humor late at night or before my morning coffee.


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Again, my apologies, I'm not that sharp... anytime.

Existential externalism appeals to me more (as a lay person) and I will research further.

Thank-you for putting on the right track.

PS: I wish you well in your conversations as I believe it is a noble task, unfortunately with what I suspect will be an internalised, introspective and possibly myopic audience.


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Most people tend to be internalist in their approaches. I happen to be externalist in my approach, so my answers and framing of problems will be different than most people.

I think we have been playing a kind of "who's on first" gag.

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I saw this skit performed live only a month or two ago: timeless.

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