You are young grasshopper, but you will learn.

9 12 2008

Various people have asked me about the name of the site and my username.

The idea for the site title came from the TV show “Kung Fu” where David Carradine is the Kung Fu student Kwai Chang Caine  travelling through the Wild West as he seeks his half-brother, Danny. Kwai is armed only with his martial arts skill learnt as a Shaolin monk at the feet of Master Po.

Master Po calls his young student “Grasshopper” in reference to their first meeting. On discovering that the Master was blind Caine comments how bad this must be. Master Po however pointed out that despite having sight the young Caine was unaware of the grasshopper at his feet. He says, “you are young Grasshopper, but you will learn.”

I know it is perhaps obvious but whilst many have power and may use it foolishly there are times when we should return to the basics and be aware of the grasshopper beside us we are no longer aware of.

My nickname, given to me by one of my “Masters” is ffolliet. I use it in so many places. Looking for a new nickname to designate my new status I have taken inseiffolliet. “Insei” is Japanese for postgraduate student or even more specifically for the students of the game of strategy “Go” considered by some  to be of the most important skills a civilized person could learn in the Eastern World.

There is much I have to learn about the “game of surrounding”.

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