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Ueshiba Aikido e-Reflections
ISSN 1712-2341
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Nov 14, 2004

"When we feel that we have learned everything,
it means that we have learned nothing."

Kensho Furuya

We honoured the warriors of the World Wars on Remembrance Day, 11 November. People who rose beyond themselves to defend human dignity and freedom. It has been said that the ultimate sacrifice is to lay down one's life for another. With All Saints Day and All Souls Day occuring within the same month, it is a month of reflection on the endeavours and achievement of these great souls. What do their lives teach us? The first is obedience, whether to their commanding officer, or to God, in the case of the saints. Once obedient and disciplined, then learning occurs.

The process of true learning is to realise it is never complete. As you reflect on these thoughts, I congratulate the first batch of Ueshiba Aikido Victoria students, from Gordon Head Elementary School, for going through their first Grading Test. Congratulations on making it this far.

In harmony
Rafael Oei Sensei.
(© Copyright November 2004: Rafael Oei)

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