Still no matter how or what tool you choose to utilize...the technology is great but if you are lousy in skills.....well the skills still need
to be maintained, refined, even nutured.
(Borrowed from the firearms thread)
The fact of having to practice is true. (and lacking space and equipment is truly irritating, as I've quite a fondness for the bow and arrow...)
Is a part of that practice the mental willingness to 'do what is necessary'?
...is that something that one may actively practice?
THank you for your educational background..in your courses you are taking.
You're quite welcome. Did the knowledge bring about any thoughts?
If nothing else, it's easier to understand why I live in a bubble..
Indeed, it is through my studies in philosophy this semester that I stumbled upon another idea that fits quite well with Dark Elf's (paraphrased)
words: To sit on the fence is to get a sore bum.
The idea then is Praxis
-- an intersection of action and theory. Not only a meeting place, but a
complete interaction of the two.
The image I have of praxis is a person walking along a line on the ground - one foot on one side, one foot on the other.
To walk directly on the line is to do neither, and to walk only on one side or another is to be incomplete. (And of course, in the end, the line is
One cannot have just action, nor just thought; it's not an issue of think, then act, but acting-thinking, or vice versa. Thinking while acting,
acting while thinking.
I bring this to light because it augments our previous discussion: There is, I think, a necessary intersection, interaction between theory/morals and
Likewise, in another class, we discussed the "only" justifiable form of murder -- which is self-defense. The rest of the class automatically agreed,
even the teacher (who is, otherwise, a pacifist). However, the discussion continued to include that people (assuming they are of a sound mind) who
have killed in self-defense are more often than not messed up from the experience. (of course, this begs the question: was the act of self-defense
worth it, if one is able to keep living, but will always be horribly affected by this traumatic experience?)
There are many ways to defend oneself that does not automatically presume to beat the ever-lovin' crap out of someone. I accept that. However, it
returns around to the issue of being willing (and able when the time comes) to physically carry through with those actions.
Any situation is possible, and to even begin thinking of all the variations gives me a headache. (I tried, it didn't work the way I thought it
I am armed with how to hurt, maim and kill people... not only from movies, but from people who've explained various techniques... (nevermind my own
morbidity which provides an entire host of ways to inflict various levels of pain).
But, there's a very deep and wide line for me between thinking about hurting someone (how many people have I killed in my thoughts and dreams?), and
actually _doing_ it.
is the border which I am completely unsure that I am willing to cross.
Again, I know that I _can_... I beat up a pillow once, but discontinued due to thinking about the possible consequences. There's only one time in my
life where I was seriously in a position to do lethal damage, and, well frankly, I put myself there as a challenge to and of myself.
In both of these situations, I was acting and thinking.
At this moment, I realize that I am not practicing praxis. I'm thinking about acting, but not acting. (And, considering the genre of this particular
conversation, I'm grateful for that!) I'm not even practicing actions because, when it all boils down, I'm not sure that I want that knowledge or
Conversely, I have a responsibility to myself and to my loved ones...
hrm. As always, I shall keep pondering. However, right now, I must find something to eat and review for class.
Thank you Orange Tom -- you are right. In all respects, life and conversation, we must survive.
P.S. I thought of another possibility -- because we have access to the text directly by/under our nicknames, she may have changed her text color and
added 'banned member' in herself. Maybe she's taking an ats vacation, maybe her hubby got the transfer...?