Our first interaction happened when I read his writeup on the Tao Te Ching. It wasn't terribly complimentary, which got me rather pissed, so I immediately assailed him in the chatterbox. It was the beginning of a debate that would soon jump over into email and span several days, culminating ultimately in the realization that I had bitten off far more than I could chew. But, despite his superior knowledge and understanding of the topic at hand, I never once felt like I was at a disadvantage, that I was being belittled or mocked. I wasn't incorrect, he explained, I was just a different view, an alternate way of looking at and doing things. It is that acceptance, I think, that makes him, in my eyes, such a perfect addition to E2.

Stick around, Sensei. /me misses you.