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"Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider..." - Francis Bacon
Warning, Caveat and Note: The postings on this blog are my interpretation of readings, studies and experiences therefore errors and omissions are mine and mine alone. The content surrounding the extracts of books, see bibliography on this blog site, are also mine and mine alone therefore errors and omissions are also mine and mine alone and therefore why I highly recommended one read, study, research and fact find the material for clarity. My effort here is self-clarity toward a fuller understanding of the subject matter. See the bibliography for information on the books.
Note: I will endevor to provide a bibliography and italicize any direct quotes from the materials I use for this blog. If there are mistakes, errors, and/or omissions, I take full responsibility for them as they are mine and mine alone. If you find any mistakes, errors, and/or omissions please comment and let me know along with the correct information and/or sources.
Does donning a black belt automatically convey upon that person "respect?"
Respect is earned from deeds and actions taken by the wearer of the black belt. Many black belts are worn by those who are not of a moral standing that reaches this level from my view. Many also wear a black belt who are not deserving of the award or the symbological standards of such an award.
The first black belt is a transitional award moving one from the fundamentals to the actual achievement levels of the practice of martial systems. It is significant and important and where many lose site of the ultimate essence and goals of the "way or DO."
Note: this deals with perception and that is governed by; one, what you have been told about the black belt from others and the media; two, what is considered fashionable at the time you ask; three, whether the source is a part of your culture and ethnic group, and finally; four what power relationship exists between you and the source of the answer.
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