Oct 16, 2021
3 mins read
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - a German polymath has given the world many great things, out of which, two remain my absolute favourite - the colour wheel, and the following quote:
Excellence is rarely found, more rarely valued.
Mediocrity is never a goal. We want to master subjects. We strive for excellent results in our pursuits, and while the definition of "perfect" is either blurry or heavily debated, the urge to constantly improve one's pursuits drives the humankind individually and collectively.
Civilisations across the world have their own timeless wisdom to attain excellence or mastery. The Japanese gave us a 3-step process called Shuhari which roughly translates to -
"to keep, to fall, to break away".
Originally a martial arts concept, the principles of Shuhari can be applied to any discipline one is trying to master.
Let's see what each stage means:
Stage 1 - Shu
This is the stage to obey or protect.
In this stage the learner is a blank canvas, and so the learner must obey the master and learn the traditional wisdom, techniques, and the tools of the trade.
Stage 2 - Ha
This is the stage to detach or digress.
In this stage the learner breaks free from the traditional learning and modifies it to suit oneself. I believe this is where individuality sets in.
Stage 3 - Ri
This is the final stage to separate or transcend.
This stage is rarely arrived because here the learner surpasses previous creators and comes up with something entirely new. In this stage the learner is now the master, in flow with the creative spirit, rooted in traditional wisdom and yet free to create from the heart and soul.
Anime movie - Nitaboh
I learnt about Shuhari from the an animated movie - Nitaboh. While movies from Studio Ghibli are extremely loved across the globe, smaller studios from Japan who come up with such movies are rarely acknowledged globally.
Finding Nitaboh was a sheer accident and choosing to watch it was utterly random. Nitaboh carries a historical theme and introduced me to the artsy side of Japan before the western influence.
It gave a peek into the Japanese arts and culture, social structures, social ranks, and what it all takes to reach mastery when all odds are against you. For me, Nitaboh is one of the most inspiring movies that I have watched till date, and so I decided to share this with you.
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