Used to the Hollywood depiction of oriental masters, in the tradition of Mr. Miyagi, it’s easy to mistake the Sensei-apprentice relationship as mere quircks of old age that the youngling gets used to, Yoda phrase construction like. In traditional japanese culture, and to a lesser degree asian cultures generally, the relationship is more in line with worship, unquestioning obeyssance to the Sensei being the minimum expected. The student must treat every one of the teacher’s opinions and whims as god-given truths. For western eyes, that might feel like an hierarchy thing, or even, translating it to capitalism terms, a form of exploitation. But an alternative reading is that the teacher is treated as perishable asset, as something that must be kept from spoiling. The student never argues with anything not because he is changing his opinion, but to avoid changing the teacher’s. The discipline being taught is not a concrete list of facts and methods, with independent objective reality, but a living, breathing, particular point of view. Even if the teacher was wrong about something, the mistake itself would be precious. The Sensei is like a clean spring that must be protected from all contamination — even to the point of isolation.
Truth of the Lesser Men is a collection of ideas and short essays by a young male Brazilian called marcio rocha pereira, in a not-so-fluent English.
The subject is the world, society, live and how we live it. Or something like it. It is my attempt at understanding everything that happens all around me, an ontological travel journal of sorts. Which probably translates into, quite simply, my own opinions and thinking.
Nevertheless, i don’t know what i am, or if being something is important to me, or what you mean by “being something” — so that I can hardly answer the questions of what I do, or work with, or any of the other identity-assigning questions. If you are really interested, check the personal info.
The idea of this blog is to avoid rewriting as much as possible, and to write different takes to the same ideas if the need arise, instead of modifying. This is to avoid a constant state of in-progress.
Love or hate, i am always open for criticism (and i'll even accept praise with as much grace as i can manage). Hope you like it.
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