Sarsential 19: walk [ exit trough the giftshop ]

"The cliche about sculpture, that the sculptor finds the statue which is waiting in the stone, applies equally to [film-] editing; the editor finds the film which is waiting hidden in the material."

British film editor Tom Priestly quoted by Ralph Rosenblum and Robert Karen in 'When The Shooting Stops... The Cutting Begins', page 273,  first published in USA by Da Capo Press, New York, 1979 

"When we align with our purpose, passion long lost is once again ignited." 

Mark Divine in his recently pubished blog, accompanying his excellent keynote lecture at Colgate University on September 18th:

"[The] opening adage of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, China's classic novel of war and strategy, best captures the essential dynamism of Chinese geopolitics ["Here begins our tale: The empire, long divided, must unite; long united, must divide. Thus it has ever been"]. At its heart is the millennia-long struggle by China's would-be rulers to unite and govern the all-but-ungovernable geographic mass of China. It is a story of centrifugal forces and of insurmountable divisions rooted in geography and history -- but also, and perhaps more fundamentally, of centripetal forces toward eventual unity. [T]he Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, may be nearing a deal that would enable him to return to his Tibetan homeland. If it happens, it would end the Dalai Lama's exile in Dharamsala, India -- an exile that began after the Tibetan uprising in 1959, nine years after the People's Republic of China annexed Tibet. More important, a settlement between Beijing and the Dalai Lama could be a major step in lessening the physical and psychological estrangement between the Chinese heartland and the Tibetan Plateau.[…] The very existence of the Tibetan issue bespeaks several overlapping themes of Chinese geopolitics. […] The Tibetan Plateau and its environs constitute roughly one-quarter of the Chinese landmass and are a major source of freshwater for China, the Indian subcontinent and mainland Southeast Asia. The high mountains of the Himalayas make a natural buffer for the Chinese heartland and shape the complex geopolitical relationship between China and India. […] The Dalai Lama has concentrated the Tibetan cause into himself and his image. It is the Dalai Lama who represents the Tibetan identity in foreign capitals and holds a fractious Tibetan movement together, holding sway over both indigenous Tibetans in the homeland and the old and new generations of Tibetan exiles. [T]he Dalai Lama's international prestige exposed the central power in Beijing to numerous international critics. […] The peaceful path promoted by the Dalai Lama is respected, but not guaranteed forever, by the younger and more radical elements of the Tibetan movement, which have only temporarily renounced the use of violence to achieve their political goals. […] Over the years, the Dalai Lama repeatedly has expressed a strong desire to return to the Tibetan homeland, seeing it as an end goal in his longstanding efforts to gain Tibetan autonomy. […] The report of the Dalai Lama's possible return to Tibet comes as Beijing has resumed talks with representatives of the spiritual leader. This round of negotiations comes after nine rounds of failed talks over the past decade and four years after the last attempt. Nonetheless, the mood appears at least somewhat optimistic on both sides. In recent weeks, the Dalai Lama has offered conciliatory comments about Xi and intimated that he could be open to returning to Tibet, a longstanding desire of the 79-year-old spiritual leader. For its part, Beijing has released some Tibetan political prisoners and reportedly allowed the Dalai Lama's image and words to be used in certain Tibetan regions after years of prohibition. […] This dynamism is not limited to China. The Scottish referendum and waves of secession movements -- from Spain's Catalonia to Turkey and Iraq's ethnic Kurds -- are working in different directions. More than half a century after World War II triggered a wave of post-colonial nationalism that changed the map of the world, buried nationalism and ethnic identity movements of various forms are challenging the modern idea of the inviolable unity of the nation-state."

Zhixing Zhang in 'Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces at Work in the Nation-State' on the Stratfor website, published yesterday:


Above: PGIA SAR BLMTT 13K. Sarsential 18: der Ortssinn, "[S]ich von jeder Gegend schnell eine richtige geometrische Vorstellung zu machen und als Folge davon sich in ihr jedesmal leicht zurechtzufinden. Offenbar ist dies ein Akt der Phantasie. Zwar geschieht das Auffassen dabei teils durch das körperliche Auge, teils durch den Verstand, der mit seinen aus Wissenschaft und Erfahrung geschöpften Einsichten das Fehlende ergänzt und aus den Bruchstücken des körperlichen Blicks ein Ganzes macht; aber daß dies Ganze nun lebhaft vor die Seele trete, ein Bild, eine innerlich gezeichnete Karte werde, daß dies Bild bleibend sei, die einzelnen Züge nicht immer wieder auseinanderfallen, das vermag nur die Geisteskraft zu bewirken, die wir Phantasie nennen." [Visualisation: being able to find one’s place exactly at any time]

"[T]he [runner] must commit the business he has in hand to a corresponding space which his eye cannot survey, which the keenest zeal cannot always explore, and with which, owing to the constant changes taking place, he can also seldom become properly acquainted. [H]e who by talent and practice overcomes it will have a great advantage on his side […]. This very peculiar difficulty must be overcome by a natural mental gift of a special kind which is known by the – too restricted – term of Orisinn sense of locality. It is the power of quickly forming a correct geometrical idea of any portion of country, and consequently of being able to find one’s place in it exactly at any time. This is plainly an act of the imagination. The perception no doubt is formed partly by means of the physical eye, partly by the mind, which fills up what is wanting with ideas derived from knowledge and experience, and out of the fragments visible to the physical eye forms a whole; but that this whole should present itself vividly to the reason, should become a picture, a mentally drawn map, that this picture should be fixed, that the details should never again separate themselves – all that can only be effected by the mental faculty which we call imagination. If some great poet or painter should feel hurt that we require from his goddess such an office; if he shrugs his shoulders at the notion that a sharp gamekeeper must necessarily excel in imagination, we readily grant that we only speak here of imagination in a limited sense, of its service in a really menial capacity. But, however slight this service, still it must be the work of that natural gift, for if that gift is wanting, it would be difficult to imagine things plainly in all the completeness of the visible. […]"

Carl von Clausewitz, 'On War', page 71, first published in Germany by Ferdinand Dümmler, Berlin, 1832


Above: Sarsential 16: 気 [ Ki; breath, will, vital-energy ] 

" Mr. and Mrs. Abagnale
this is not a question of your son's attendance.
I regret to inform you that, for the past week
Frank has been teaching Mrs. Glasser's French class. […]
Your son has been pretending to be a substitute teacher
lecturing the students, uh, giving out homework.
Mrs. Glasser has been ill and there was
some confusion with the real sub.
Your son held a teacher-parent conference yesterday
and was planning a class field trip
to a French bread factory in Trenton.
Do you see the problem we have?"

Principal Evans (actor Thomas Kopache) to Frank Abagnale's parents, in Steven Spielberg's 'Catch Me If You Can' (2002)

“I will not oppose the ways of the world.”

Miyamoto Musashi, quoted by Teruo Machida, in 'The last words of Miyamoto Musashi  ̶ An attempt to translate his “Dokkôdô”̶ ',  page 203, first published in Japan, Bulletin of Nippon Sport Science University, 2012. Available as Pdf

"If you practice diligently, from morning till night, […] your mind will spontaneously broaden. [A] pply the following rules in order to practice the way:

1. Think of that which is not evil.
2. Train in the way.
3. Take an interest in all the arts.
5. Know the way of all professions.
5. Know how to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of each thing.
6. Learn to judge the quality of each thing.
7. Perceive and understand that which is not visible from outside.
8. Be attentive even to minimal things.
9. Do not perform useless acts. "

From: 'Miyamoto Musashi, His Life and Writings', Kenji Tokitsu, translated by Sherab Chodzin Kohn, page 149, first published in France, 2000

Be sure also to check with Coach Mark Divine's last blog (published yesterday): '10 principles that you can use to tap into the power and unique contribution that you — and only you — can bring to the world', when interested in taking training and thinking to the next level (and beyond), Mark Divine's training-programs are awesome and his website a source of valuable asset!



Sarsential 17: Center of Gravtity [ Identity ]

"The creation of any modern nation state is characterised by the elaboration of an official history, a legendary narrative produced for purposes of unification, an ideological construct that glorifies a more or less imaginary ethnic group and encourages the rejection of any kind of otherness, regarded as inferior, indeed contemptible. Given that no-one escapes such cultural tensions [...] our intention is not to stigmatise these artefacts of identity, but rather to minimise them, in order to highlight the multicultural and multiconfessional profusion [...]"

French qānūn performer and conducter Julien Jalaleddin Weiss, in accompanying booklet to double CD recording of 'Ensemble Al Kindi Perfums Ottomans', first published in France by Zamzama Productions, Paris, 2006

"Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian military theorist who thought of the center of gravity as a focal point,  the one element within a combatant's entire structure or system that has the necessary centripetal force to hold that structure together: "The CoGs of Alexander the Great, Gustavus Adolphus, Charles XII of Sweden, and Frederick the Great, for instance, resided in their respective armies. In different circumstances, the personalities of key leaders, a state’s capital, or its network of allies and their community of interest might serve as CoGs. What all of these various elements have in common is not that they are sources of power, but that they perform a centripetal or centralizing function that holds power systems together and, in some cases, even gives them purpose and direction. Strictly speaking, an armed force is not a “source” of power. Rather, it serves as a focal point that draws and organizes power from a variety of sources: a population base (recruits); an industrial base (weapons and materiel); and an agricultural base (foodstuffs). The same holds true for the personalities of key leaders, state capitals, or alliance networks. These things draw raw power from different sources and refine, organize, and redirect it."

Read and download 'Clausewitz's Center of Gravity' on the Strategic Studies Institute website:

Ensemble Al Kindi website:

Link to original post with 3 pictures:


Sarsential 15: authenticity [ unified identities on integral experience of growth: personal, as a family, group or team, and tribal, within a neighbourhood, company or society ]

Why train Strategic Alert Running? To support clearity and unity on all levels: shared vision (common, mutual understanding, reliability and trust at foundation), shared performance (looking out after teammates) and love and respect for people's uniqueness within the collective while expanding together.

"Representational pictures were the first true “medium” our ancestors created, some 30,000-40,000 years ago. Some of the early pictures were accurate depictions of the natural world. Others likely had a persuasive, even political, intent as they employed deliberate factual distortions. Understanding this human factor is crucial in understanding pictures. Any estimation of the meaning or effects of a picture must take into account the receptivity, attitudes, and beliefs of audiences, as well as those of producers or disseminators. [...] One popular myth is that pictures do not lie, and further that they have a fixed meaning. [T] he audience context confounds such a simplistic cause-and-effect scenario. [...] One man's atrocity photo may be another man's trophy snapshot. [...] People interpret what they see trough the prism of a media climate that discourse elites, such as journalists and political leaders, shape to serve their own interests. Humans, conditioned from infancy to favour seeing over our other senses, ascribe generally to the notion that "what we see is what we get". [...] The human mind has almost infinite capacities to ignore the truth when it wants to do so. [...] Information processing models within cognitive theory of mind in psychology suggest that what we see develops meaning in the context of what we have seen before and what we have stored in our long-term memory. Much of what we think about when we see a picture stems from our subjectivity and guides our interpretation. [H] umanization may not be as powerful as some think when it resides in the photo icon. Human beings have remarkable abilities to ignore the suffering of those whom they do not like. [...] To study the image, we must study the world from which the image originates and the world that the viewer encounters."

Natalia Mielczarek and David D. Perlmutter in 'VISUAL PROPAGANDA AND EXTREMISM IN THE ONLINE ENVIRONMENT', edited by Carol K. Winkler and Cori E. Dauber, chapter 9, page 215, 219, 220, 221, 228, 229, first published in USA, Juli 2014 by Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press

"The English peel off the unessentials of modernity very easily -- they 'go native' more readily than any Europeans except the Italians; and the more refined their upbringing the quicker the change comes about.":