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Guillaume Erard
01-17-2013, 11:00 PM
http://www.guillaumeerard.com/images/stories/aikido/articles/violence/self-defense.jpg (http://www.guillaumeerard.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=111:no-the-world-is-not-becoming-a-violent-place-so-what-are-you-getting-out-of-aikido&catid=10:articles&Itemid=110)I have expressed several times the fact that I believe that Budo have less to do with warmongering and personal defense than with physical and mental education, and that those who mainly seek martial efficacy in training are in my eyes wasting their time developing useless kills, and probably living in irrational fear. Today I would like to substantiate these claims with hard facts and ask the question: "What is the point of training to achieve martial efficacy in a peaceful world?". Violence in human societies is on decline and it has been so for hundreds of years. As a consequence, we are currently living in the most peaceful and harmonious time that our specie has ever known. This phenomenon has been put forward in its most elegant and persuasive form by Harvard Professor Steven Pinker in his book "The Better Angels of our Nature".[1] (http://www.guillaumeerard.com/#Ref1) I propose to share some of his ideas and evidence, and to discuss how this affects martial arts practice. In a nutshell, I could sum it up as : "No, the world is not becoming a dangerous place, so chill out and enjoy martial art training for what it is: a healthy habit, albeit a slightly silly, and mostly obsolete one".

(Original blog post may be found here (http://www.guillaumeerard.com/aikido/articles/no-the-world-is-not-becoming-a-violent-place-so-what-are-you-getting-out-of-aikido).)

Chris Li
01-18-2013, 08:22 AM
Nothing to do with the article itself, but hasn't this (and a number of the threads that just popped up) already been posted in the past? Is this a problem with the automatic feed?

Original post (for this one): http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22041&highlight=violent



Michael Douglas
01-18-2013, 01:00 PM
It was posted on 6th December 2012 ... is it all just SPAM for external traffic?

01-18-2013, 01:11 PM
It's a glitch that I'll be looking into very shortly.


-- Jun