Thoughts Philosophic

Thoughts, musings, ponderings, and considerations.

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:idea: D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Thoughts and observations of two divorces. Rated PG
:idea: The Art of Fighting Without Fighting: I dislike fighting. Rated G
:idea: I am Catman: Loyal like a dog, but indpendant like a cat. Rated G
:idea: Another World: What would I be like if I wasn’t an introvert? Rated PG
:idea: My True Skin: I prefer to sleep clothed. Rated PG
:idea: Marriage in the Modern Age: Is traditional marriage still possible? Rated PG
:idea: It is a Thing You Would Not Understand: Is it valid to refuse to explain something? Rated PG
:idea: Unconditional Conditions: Unconditional love is a fiction. Rated G
:idea: Accepting Praise: Why do we brush off compliments? Rated G
:idea: It’s Show Time: The shy person might be the life of the party. Rated G
:idea: What is a Friend?: We call many different people “friends,” but what is a “friend?” Rated G
:!: :lol: The Combination Lock: How do women work? RATED R – Sexual Concepts
:idea: The Death of a Dream: Dreams are missed, fail or die. But they are always replaced. Rated PG
:idea: The Eye is a Window Into the Soul, or Not.: All I see is an eye. Rated G

Summaries of Posts in the Thoughts Philosophic category:

After Thoughts

Sky DiveI received a comment to my previous podcast, History’s Synergies, that made the wheels in my head turn. In the podcast, I make a comparison between the modern martial art school and the legendary history of what martial art schools … Read More »


What is your vision of a utopia? What do you believe life in a utopia would be like? What is required for a utopia to exist?Read More »

Slipping on a Banana Peel

Slipping on a Banana PeelI have been thinking about comedy and social acceptance. Laughter is not solely human. Chimps are known to laugh, so they must have some sense of comedy, though we might not consider all chimp humor to be funny. In 1981, … Read More »

The Curmudgeon Effect Explained

The Curmudgeon Effect ExplainedIn an upcoming podcast, my guest and I will casually mention ‘The Curmudgeon Effect’, so I thought it would be a good idea to explain it ahead of time. I am writing a short story titled, The Curmudgeon Effect. It … Read More »

False Fear

False Fear“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before … Read More »

A Piece of the Action

CommunityRecently I talked about building community among martial artists within a school, though the discussion veered off to a debate between sports related martial artists and science related martial artists, jocks versus a chess club. The real lead became buried. … Read More »

What They Said

What They SaidRecently a student asked a group of us what would be some good martial arts movies to watch. A whole host of them popped up. At the top of my list was “Kung Fu Hustle.” If you have not seen … Read More »

You Love doing What?

FightingI recently observed a potential student to the school state, “I love fighting.” What a strange thing to say. I do not like fighting (see The Art of Fighting Without Fighting). To me fighting is, well, fighting; hitting, biting, blows, … Read More »


CliquingYesterday, as with most Tuesdays, there was a meeting of the instructors and other officials at the school where I teach. Part of the meeting debated the differing cliques that exist in the school. Most martial arts schools deal with … Read More »

New Year 2014

Happy New Year 2014The New Year is here, and I hope it brings you lots of cheer. Seriously, I do. But, and there is always a but, we have to be realistic. After all, the world is just one day older than it … Read More »

Santa Claus Is

Santa Claus IsSome debate who or what Santa Claus is. Despite the connections to Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus is a construct. It is illogical to argue whether he is white or black, fat or stout, this or that nationality. The beauty of … Read More »

Fittest One or Fittest Group

Fittest One or Fittest GroupThe concept of natural selection is not limited to animal species. It involves any group, from species to sports teams to social-economic groups, societies. More important, it does not refer to the strongest or most fit individuals within any of … Read More »

Free Choices are Predestined

Free Choices are PredestinedThe goal of a martial artist is to respond to the situation presented by the opponent. It is not about thinking. It is about a trained, honed response. To accomplish this, the artist learns hundreds, if not thousands of techniques. … Read More »

Troubled Generation

Troubled GenerationChange is coming. It is coming fast. Almost everyone alive today will live to see some amazing things, but will also have to live through some very troubling times. Generally people do not like change. Most of the changes that … Read More »

War on Christmas? Bah Humbug.

War on Christmas? Bah Humbug.Those poo-poo heads over at Faux News are at it again. They have been beating their War on Christmas drum for years. Now Billy “Stretch” O’Reilly says the phrase ‘Happy Holidays’ is invalid this year. Stretch’s claim is that since … Read More »

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