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October 08, 2005


There is no master who can lose mastery.

True, but do we not read that "A man should avoid displaying deep familiarity with any subject"?

Further, we read this:

You should never put the new antlers of a deer to your nose and smell them. They have little insects that crawl into the nose and devour the brain.
Truly sage advice!

For the record, this would be your worst post ever.


Kenko's wisdom is really just the maxx, as always, but he is of course "working" within the Japanese sumptuary customs of ostentation. A man should avoid displaying mastery of any subject, of course, and I would further add that even the most meager evidence of motor skills is to be vigorously batted off and/or away. This, in itself, though, is not the same as not having this mastery.

Naturally. Nothing is less becoming an educated man than the ability to convey himself, using his own body, from one place to another.

That is, the use of that ability is unbecoming.

Tell me more about this deer antler business. It could be a problem.

I'm afraid that's all I know.

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