Above: FP 30K Sunday-morning SAR BL training. Training-thought: ignorance lies at the foundation of bad-running-behaviour-and-injury, " [ the ] ignorance of believing in a truly existent self." (quoted from 'The Buddhist Way of Healing' by Dolkar Khangkar in 'Buddha's Medicine', first published in 2008 on YouTube, link below). It leads to the worshipping of (stiff- and greedy-man-made) lifeless monuments ( "'Course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough..." ) -- which -- like the (quoted above) Noah Cross character in Roman Polanski's/Robert Towne's 'Chinatown' (1974) -- point the way to resistance-to-change. We need training to be healthy, in balance. We need to stay flexible -- to be able to keep on training (health and flexibility are two sides of the same coin); stiffness is a symptom of ignorance and at the roots of injury!

"Understanding is such a liquid path. Like walking on water. And words are drops.Their meaning changing like seasons. And yet in the circle they make while dancing i hear the truth. Self is not one of them." Rutger Hauer, commenting on his YouTube Channel (published 3 years ago, link below)

 "Dancing is especially known, by its circulation of the blood, to keep off the disease of old age." Ezra Pound and Ernest Fenollosa in 'The Classic Noh Theater of Japan', first published in the U.S.A. in 1917 (page 29)

"The only thing harder than getting a new idea into the [...] mind is to get an old one out." B.H. Liddell Hart as quoted in 'Changing Minds in the Army: why it is so difficult and what to do about it', first published in October 2013 (page 1)

"Individuals pay particular attention to information that supports their beliefs and either ignore or discount the value of evidence that contradicts their beliefs. [ When encountering information contrary to their own beliefs or opinions ] they face a condition known as cognitive dissonance, or the state of tension arising from holding two cognition's that are psychologically inconsistent. Researsers using images from MRI scans found that when subjects were confronted with dissonant information, they often used the reasoning areas of their brain not to analyse new data or information, but rather to develop a narrative that preserves their initial frames of reference. Once the narrative is created, the emotional areas of the brain happily light up. […] Individuals, when faced with dissonant information, use their reasoning skills to "twirl the cognitive kaleidoscope until they get the conclusions they want." The resulting release of neutrotransmitters gives strong reinforcement for justification of their existing  perspective. Conformation bias emerges as information is interpreted in a way to confirm old preconceptions and dismiss new contradictory evidence." Stephen J. Gerras, Leonard Wong in 'Changing Minds in the Army: why it is so difficult and what to do about it' (page 19, 'Conformation Bias')

"Oddly enough, the relationship between having smarts and having the propensity to change one's mind is counterintuitive. In his highly regarded book, The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt asserts that intelligence quotient (IQ) is the biggest predictor of how well people argue, but only in terms of how well they support their own position. […] Smart people tend to excel at buttressing their own cases but often fail at exploring the issue fully to appreciate other perspectives and perhaps change their minds." Stephen J. Gerras, Leonard Wong in 'Changing Minds in the Army: why it is so difficult and what to do about it' (page 10, 'Nature and Nurture')

" [ Alex Simon: ] Brian De Palma made an interesting comment once about his group that hung out in the Malibu Colony during the ‘70s: him, Spielberg, Lucas, Coppola, Margot Kidder, that once the era of the blockbuster started after the mid-70s, and people began making astronomical amounts of money, as opposed to just making a comfortable living, that’s when the fractures started, in terms of their relationships with each other. [ 'Chinatown' screenwriter Robert Towne: ] That’s quite possibly true. I think the promise of making money split a lot of us up. [ AS ] Who’ve you remained friendly with over the years? [ RT ] You mean those of us who are still alive? (laughs) Well, I don’t see him much, but I’m friendly with Jack, very friendly with Warren (Beatty). [ AS ] Do you talk to Polanski at all? [ RT ] Oh yeah, we’re still very friendly. I forgot to mention him. I’ve managed to see him once a year or every couple years when I go to Europe." From: 'Robert Towne: The Hollywood Interview' by Alex Simon, first published Februari 2, 2014

'Robert Towne: The Hollywood Interview':


See also:ā_(Buddhism)

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