Your first point needs no clarification. It simply needs to be held up to a mirror. Some people are doing the same thing to me as I'm doing to them. Rather than trying to learn how to communicate with me, I am having to go out of my way to communicate with them. My response to that is a mirror. Your second point isn't even a true statement. Testing procedures are very necessary. Why else would you be testing me? Why else would I be testing you? And also, do you honestly think we're both not being silently observed and tested by others right now? Martial arts is nothing more than a series of testing procedures. Everything you do, everything you say is being constantly questioned and tested by everyone else. This is especially true on the internet. Your third point misses the point I was trying to make before. If I speak English but I say something in Chinese, for instance, it does not matter what language I'm speaking as it will translate the same in any language. But if you do not understand our definition of a "hook kick" as opposed to their understanding of a "hook kick," then you are not one of the minority (us), you are one of the majority (them) and I can thus start to learn how we can communicate better using your perspective. That and we are intentionally limiting the conversations we will have, as opposed to can have. I hope that makes sense. Your fourth point is valid and true, but misses the mark again. What is true for you may not be true for me. So although I agree that it is good to be open-minded and respect all paths, this doesn't mean you should wander away from your own path. At least that's how I look at it. Your final point actually just compliments the point I was trying to make earlier. We're on a public forum. Enough said. Although many other martial artists tend to criticize our 'fortune cookie' speak, you may notice some who actually ponder the parables and look for meaning in them. Whatever they find is the reward they get for their efforts. Most martial artists I think would agree that it's not beneficial to teach martial arts to someone who has no common sense or logic. You certainly wouldn't want to reveal a dangerous technique to someone who is too aggressive or isn't ready to learn it yet. There are many reasons I use parables and 'fortune cookie' speak, especially when talking on a public forum. Does that make sense? That's why some of us speak that way. Not saying your way is wrong.