Love And Health: Mountain Wisdom

Monday, June 05, 2006

Remember, the bonzai pilots died at the end

Life is risk. Trying to live a life without risk is no life at all.

Having said that, if you think, "I'll just bonzai this," keep in mind that those pilots committed suicide crashing their planes into ships at the end.

But wait, did ALL of the bonzai pilots die?

The answer is no, not all did. The japanese fighter pilot was feared throughout the pacific theater during WWII.

Going "bonzai" is what the pilots did when they knew they were going to crash and die any way.
But the pilots themselves were said to be fearsome, and despite the fact that the U.S. had superior aircraft, the japanese pilot still struck fear into the hearts of many a sailor.

What it means to your love life.
Life tends to reward risk. More specifically, it tends to reward the taking of risk. In this case, having the person you want is often as simple as growing a backbone and walking up to and speaking to the kind of person you want to be with.

Even if you're a woman ... especially if you're a woman.

You can let the random shooting gallery of men who actually decide to come up and talk to you decide what your choices of men will be ... or you can take control of your own life, assume a liitle of the risk that men have to deal with all the time, and YOU DECIDE WHO YOU ARE GOING TO TALK TO BY APPROACHING AND TALKING TO THE GUY YOU WANT.

What it means to your health.
This wisdom doesn't much pertain, because taking risks with your health is usually not the greatest idea UNLESS you are truly obese. In that case, it may be worth the risk to undergo gastric bypass or some other surgery. (but I am not at all suggesting that you necessarily should)

What it means to your money.
It is a fact that no one has ever gotten rich playing it safe. If you want to have lots of money, then you must put yourself out there, start a business, and take some risks.

But remember, some bonzai pilots died at the end. That means that risk INTELLIGENTLY TAKEN is likely to be rewarded. Taking needless risk is just stupid.

If you want a little free advice on this, just give me a call (my phone number is in the pane to the left).


  • Bonzai pilot? I thought bonzai referred to trimmed plants. Kamikaze is the word for Japanese suicide pilots. Wikipedia:

    Yours sincerely,
    Arja Leppänen

    By Blogger Arja, at 3:31 AM  

  • You are right. However, I thought that these pilots screamed "BONZAI" when they were doing their attacks. Now that could be a U.S. media perpetrated myth.

    By Blogger Mountain Man, at 10:52 AM  

  • Actually, bonzai is the tree, BANZAII is the exclamation. As far as the point that the kamikaze bombing was a last ditch effort, it was not. The Kamikaze pilots were specially selected and trained for those missions, flew planes with little or no offensive launchable weapons (machine guns, missles) which had all available space packed with explosives. In many cases these aircraft did not even have landing gear. Kamikaze runs were not caused by an atittude of "Well, I'm going to die anyway", but rather by a Japanese concept of absolute loyalty to the Emporer, embodied in the warrior code of Bushido.

    By Blogger William, at 3:38 PM  

  • I never said that the bombing was a last ditch effort, or at least I didn't intend that to be the assertion. My main point was that the surprise attacks did not always end in suicide for every pilot ... particularly toward the end when the toll of the haphazard loss of their own pilots began to mount.

    Though I will happily admit I am FAR from an expert on the matter.

    By Blogger Mountain Man, at 6:43 PM  

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