Yesterday’s radio talked of the President’s words: (excuse errors of mine) “If North Korea attacked the US with nuclear missiles, I would have the right to retaliate.” This deterioration is sadly taking the place of civilized conversation. It is Old Testament thinking: an eye-for-an-eye. You know, the kind of thinking revered in Islam (I could be wrong). “We become our enemies” (anon)
How base is the struggle!
How shattering the ethics of those who lead us.
And that’s where Aikido thinking would greatly relieve its participants. As I understand it, when someone comes at you aggressively, you quickly assess the direction of the attacker’s energetic flow, step into it, barely tap the center of movement that you understand because you are in his or her flow. Such a light tap exactly on target will be enough to cause the attacker to lose his balance, and so falls and does himself in. And the Aikido practitioner has accrued no negative karma because his tap was not violent.
Compared to an eye-for-an-eye approach, the Aikido approach decreases overall suffering. Basically, you’re recognizing the aggressive flow of anger, and turning it on its own head, letting the negative energy do itself in. This is non-violent, but for what the attacker does to himself.
Just a suggestion . . .