Letter from Laoshi

Water Tiger School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan Patchogue Long Island New York

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island


October 2006

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With the series of shootings in schools across the country in the last days, I have found myself thinking of a scene from the second Kung-Fu series, Kung-Fu: The Legend Continues. That may seem odd, but this is where my mind has often turned at times such as these. I recall sharing the story at the T’ai Chi in the Park gathering the Saturday after September 11, 2001, and again on July 7, 2005, at the attacks in London. There have, unfortunately, been other times as well. For what it is, here it is:

Kwai Chang Caine and his son, Peter, are discussing the state of the world, and Peter cites two newspaper articles to make a point regarding the seemingly nonsensical nature of life in the contemporary world. “Here’s one article,” he says, “about a cat that fell out of a fourth story window and survived without so much as a scratch.

“And here’s another,” he continues, “about a man who walked into a fast food restaurant, pulled out a gun, and killed everyone in the place – I just don’t understand.”

His father answers, “The cat remembered it was a cat; and the man forgot he was a man.”

Our thoughts are with those whose lives have been touched by the recent tragedies in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.

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