- Sep 21, 2005
- Reaction score
- San Francisco
Well, one can learn all of the formal curriculum within a finite defined system and yet struggle to use it intelligently and effectively. In that case, one still has much to learn without going beyond the system.This puts a spotlight on different perspectives.
I view the term as Analogous to "Master" as used in the relationship of Master and apprentice. While you are correct that with many disciplines there may always be more to learn. However, within a finite defined system - not so much. There may always be things beyond the system.
I suppose i am simply having a visceral reaction to the use of the title “master”. I have no problem with using the term as a form of acknowledgement, such as “Jeff really is a master of Tae Kwon do, his skill is quite high.” But I find myself cringing when the term is used as a title and when addressing someone directly, such as “Master Jeff told me to work on my side kick” or “Master Jeff, when will we meet for training this week?”
I find the cringiness amplified when the term is “grandmaster.”
That is my issue, of course. But I offer it as an observation from the outside.