Per my promise to Asura that I would post his background, I am posting, in full, his reply to me and my comments on his letter.
For the record, I do NOT wish to appear overly hard on the boy. I understand what it is to have a dream yanked out from under me, but I also cannot approve of the path he took seeking to make it real. The post follows below.
My reply follows the post. It will be copied in its entirety to the Uechi-Ryu forum in accordance with
my promise to you to do so with regards to your background.
Lone Wolf aka Scott Platts wrote:
Dear Mr Darrow,
I must admit that my character is flawed...but I must also admit that I did
what I did for a reason. I did lie...but the only thing I lied about was
that I was moving to Nashville..I have been living in Nashville for only 3
months, and am already going to Vanderbuilt, enrolled in their history
As for why I lied..that is almost a easy answer. Kendall, who does exist,
has been in forums before, though only twice, both times being bad
experiences...it was his idea to come up with the story, though my reason
for being there was pure..to find out if it was possible to become a samurai
on the path that I am on. I have only found few chances, such as what was
mentioned after myself being "discovered". I already knew the adoption was
a possibility, but truly it is not in my case.
If you still do not believe me, then do not respond to this email and I will
leave you be. I am sorry for disturbing the peace of the forums, that was
never my intent, my intent was to find out if a dream was possible, since
tales of samurai and shenunja were always told to me...to be trained as one,
and then to find that because I was not born in the right family, is a fate
I cannot accept, another flaw in my character I am afraid. If you still
wish proof as you did in your posts, I have already sent word to kendall to
try and get those documents that you wish.
As for why I emailed you...one of my strengths..I am a good judge of
If nothing else...know that I am not this other man I am accused of being, I
may have lied..but I would not dishonor myself so much to have it taint
Thank you for your time Sir
"Remember your house..remember your family...but above all else..remember
If that's your real name, you have placed me on the horns of a dilema. I promised that I would post to
the forums your bona fides. You have confessed that you have none, that you have bought into a
myth, a dream that many young people dream - to become an ideal that simply does not exist in
today's world - if it ever really existed at all.
If, indeed, someone posing as a Sensei (and I use the term is its exact meaning - to play the role of, but
in a fraudulent manner) led you to believe that this dream was possible in today's society, then he or
she did you a greivous wrong.
If, on the other hand, this is another story, made to ingratiate yourself with me and, through me, the
rest of the forum, then such is not to be, either.
While I have no direct knowledge of you or your background, I offered to post your reply to me about
your background. I will keep my promise to do so and let the rest of the members make their own
decision about you.
Being a Samurai is not something that is conferred by birth, in my opinion, but by one's adherence to
a Code of Ethics and Behavior that values many good things - honor, duty, truth, filial piety,
selflessness, and many more things.
What I am about to say may sound harsh. It is not meant to be. It is my honest assessment, based on
your post, quoted above this reply.
Son, you have a long way to go.
With hope for your growth,
Lee Darrow, C.Ht.