09-02-2010, 03:32 #81
- Russ Ebert
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What's worst is seitei-ism loses most of it's meaning, but it becoming the standard. Where seitei was an introduction to something greater, it's being used as a end instead as a means to an end. The meaning of an art is carved out, then lost, then someone comes along and installs a new one in it's place, which removes the art being given the seitei enema further from the original. The tea ceremony is an excellent example. Flavorless, inhospitable and concerned less with the meaning and more with the ritual, which has in fact almost lost all true meaning due to the lack of sincerity. The tea then just tastes bitter and makes the seiza all the more uncomfortable and the whole experience something more for a tourist and nothing for the home.
What really gets me is the obsession with silly, feckless rules. The term "muda" (waste) comes to mind when I think of situations like this. When an art, especially a martial art, is fitted in such a way it's almost as though the practitioner is more concerned with the manicure and neatness on a severed hand rather than the fact the hand was severed in the first place. Simply not knowing what is chafe and what is wheat tends to stupefy folks, who then fall into a practice of weeding through meaningless details.
Do you find this true or is it just me being cynical?
PS put your Odachi away....it's all fun and games until some loses an eye...or is cleft in tway...or beheadedRuss Ebert
The narcissism of small differences is especially true in the martial arts.