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5 September 2012—The Cortex Chronicles: Punting and Strategy (a)
5 September 2011—Displays of Authenticity: Canine Devotion
|[a] Individual and Society RF|
Fly to base, Nakayma!
(Nakayama is a very common surname, like "Daniels")
And sometimes high school players let 'er rip (and fly to base) in the hallowed lines of
Kōshien Stadium, where the finals are played before a national television audience.
And one side has to lose. That is the cruel nature of sport (and nature).
|[b] Win-loss RF|
Over the next few decades, a few other losing players did the scoop-n-go-home drill.
And now almost everyone does.
Only in a society in which valiant losing is treasured could such a tradition truly take root. It remind me of one of my favorite books about Japan, too. The title? The Nobility of Failure.
Sacred soil and losing the good battle. It is a splendid combination.
[If you don't read Japanese, but want to have some sense of the Japanese kana and kanji in these posts, just copy the phrases and paste them into translation software such as Babylon or Google Translate].
|[c] Sacrality RF|