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Posted by seahunt on September 26, 2001 at 13:51:04:

In Reply to: IANTD's Doing It Right training philosophy posted by MHK on September 26, 2001 at 11:00:05:

Believe it or not, this is not really that much of a DIR slam...
Regardless of its merit....
I and others have noticed that the DIR movemment, as we have known it
up to now, has pecularities to it that have gotten it called a cult and
even compared to the Nazis. These pecularities include its intolerance
of deviation, attacks on non-adherants, their blatant propoganda, use
of lies as policy and other things that some DIR adherents very visibly
practice on occasion.
My studies of history makes me quite concious of these things, while
most people recognize these things more unconciously.
Well, there is a bit of history that perhaps applies to the term "Do It
Right". In Russia at the turn of the century, some clever political
propogandists named their political party the Bolcheveks. It was an
interesting idea, because Bolchevek means Majority, so they called
themselves the Majority Party... Good propaganda.
Now corrosponding to this was a propaganda disaster. The opposition
responded by calling themselves the Mencheveks which means the Minority.
Now there's a real draw.
I think we all know the result.
So, if the DIR folks want to play propoganda, which is what they are
doing with their name, why shouldn't their ideas get stolen? I think
it is quite appropriate. No one has a monopoly on doing anything right.
The pattern of history is that new ideas get absorbed, improved and the
source of the ideas naturally disappear.
Pretenciousness, as well as success, has its own reward.
Enjoy the diving, seahunt

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