This is a post illustrating how part of a good idea can become fossilized and standardized past usefulness. Look at the two pictures below. The top one is Bill Steinkraus, the bottom one is George Morris, both riding in Grand Prix jumping competitions--the very pinnacle of show jumping, which is a difficult and demanding sport for both horse and rider.
What you should be able to see is that there is a straight line from the horse's bit to the rider's hand; that the rider has a soft and steady contact with the bit through the reins; the rider is not using the horse's neck to balance on, but maintains his balance independently through holding his trunk and thighs steady.
I have no idea why I am so amused by this image. I found it at The Lazer Beam Rabbi Lazer Brody's blog:
A Topsy-turvy World
Both the Talmud and the Zohar teach us that this is a topsy-turvy world: What often appears to be real is none other than a mirage (alluding to the material world), and what appears to be a nonexistent entity is actually reality (alluding to the spiritual world). For that reason, Rebbe Nachman of Breslev (1772-1810) warned, "Don't let this material world play tricks on your eyes". In other words, what you see is not necessarily what you get,
I usually check out Baldilocks. Sometimes I agree with her, mostly I don't, but I also use her blogrolls as a springboard. Yesterday I checked out My Pet Jawa, cause I thought it was a cute blog name. He was writing about the kidnapped contractors in Iraq.
So I downloaded the video. And I watched it. This is not war or insurgency, this is thuggery and sadism and murder.
How can you do that to another human being? If you define that person as "not a human being", that's how.