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I've stopped knives that were coming to disembowel me

I've clawed for my gun while bullets ripped past me

I've dodged as someone tried to put an ax in my skull

I've fought screaming steel and left rubber on the road to avoid death

I've clawed broken glass out of my body after their opening attack failed

I've spit blood and body parts and broke strangle holds before gouging eyes

I've charged into fires, fought through blizzards and run from tornados

I've survived being hunted by gangs, killers and contract killers

The streets were my home, I hunted in the night and was hunted in turn

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Perceptual Filters and the Martial Arts

My viewing of the system of Isshinryu is that great disparity exists. We in Isshinryu have factions or tribes that although fundamentally believe in the system the perceptions as to what constitutes that system vary - sometimes greatly. I have to ask myself, "Why is that?"

First lets discuss that disparity. It exists because of the disparity in human perceptions. We have them between male and female of our species. We also have them because humans are governed by specifics that influence each of us as individuals that create unique "colored glasses" from which we view the world. That world is unique to each of us as unique individuals.

Second is how to we bridge that gap. Lets use the term from VSD and say a "reality gap." That gap can be a small ravine or a huge cavernous divide like spanning the grand canyon. We have to find common materials that can be coupled, joined, and related so that they provide support so we can first span that divide the cross over to the meet in the center. Only then can we shake hands and discover that we are all the same and have the same goals for our system.

Third is how can we do this until we understand what it takes to bring this to our conscious level? How can we then build that bridge and meet in the middle span of conscious reality where one reflects the other exactly? Knowledge is that key to unlock the gate to the bridge of reality spanning all divides both small and large.

Finally if we understand the fundamental basis for perceptual filters then we can expand that to encompass anything that requires communications. Using male to female we can say, Men use a metaphor of life and say "Life is a football game," while female tend to use a metaphor of life that says, "Life is a traditional schoolroom." What does this mean. Using a metaphor: "You are playing football and pretend you have the football when you don't - is not a lie." "You are in a schoolroom and make a false statement it is a lie."

This warrants considerable thought and you may find that by some common and acceptable metaphor you can have a meeting of the minds and open the path to change and acceptance. Not an easy path to take! Yet to understand the concept of perceptual filters  and discovering a method to close that reality gap cannot be a bad thing, right?

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