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Lineage is no proof of skill, understanding, nor pedigree.

It is the individual that makes the art. Some learn from great teachers and become great themselves.

While some become great despite their teachers.

We are only a fixed point in a long line of lineage. Others will come after us that will speak both positively and negatively about us. I would rather be known as someone who shared the journey with my students than idealized by those who want to quote me to prove their superiority.