I think weve beat this into the ground, but Id like to say a few last words before I shut my yap. First, thanks to all the GUE instructors and DIR practitioners that read and took the time to understand what I wrote and responded accordingly. To some of the others that don't quite understand the point I tried to make, please let me explain... I came out and attacked DIR by comparing to another organization that many people consider a cult. It may not be accurate, but it sure got your attention. You did what I expected - you fought back. You called me a loud mouth and told me I had a chip on my shoulder for talking smack about something you felt strongly about. You ignored the fact that I praised JJ and even read three of his books (if I was a non-believer, why would I keep buying his stuff and supporting GUE????). It didnt matter what the rest of message said, you were pissed. This is a classic example of human behavior when threatened, you defend yourself! Now, lets turn things around a little. How do you think tech divers from other training organizations feel when you attack their background, training, and mentors? They resist and shut their brains off just like you did. They start calling DIR divers loud mouths with chips on their shoulder. Does any of this sound familiar? These people (just as you have) have invested an incredible amount of time and money in equipment and training. The last thing they want to hear is that theyre an idiot or a stroke. Think about that the next time you meet a diver that is not familiar with DIR. Instead of calling them a stroke or an idiot, try sharing (not telling) why you feel DIR is an effective system for diving. Not a better way, a different way. If the system truly is better, theyll see it and convince themselves that its the only way to dive. I look forward to eventually taking the fundamentals course. Dive safe Bruce Wyrwitzke -- Send mail for the `techdiver' mailing list to `email@example.com'. Send subscribe/unsubscribe requests to `firstname.lastname@example.org'.
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