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One night last week on the train going home I suddenly noticed a butterfly motionless inside the carriage. Perhaps it was overwhelmed by the electric lights and all the people and the noise. I imagined it patiently trying to analyze the situation. That's anthropomorphism - attributing human reactions to animals (well, and insects).
So I thought finally when it had worked out the time between stations and how long the doors opened for it might make its move and fly away to freedom. But of course it didn't. It stayed there motionless. Bewildered or frightened. Or still waiting for the right moment.
A moth doesn't do that. It doesn't wait patiently to think about anything. It just gets on with trying to escape. It flies off in a direction at random and if that doesn't work it changes direction and starts again in a different direction and keeps moving tirelessly careless of hitting obstacles until finally it finds an opening and escapes.
So you are probably thinking he's going to say we have to be patient like the butterfly. Serene too, maybe. No. I'm not. We have to act. Like the moth. But the problem is not to go off in the wrong direction. How to know the right direction? Well that might take years of training.
There is a terrible danger in waiting. In being a butterfly. In inertia. Waiting until the right moment. The right moment might never come. You have to act. Saki no saki. I remember at an instuctors' seminar listening to a long explanation from Shigenobu Okumura Sensei (9 dan) about aikido being a go no sen no budo - not a sen no sen no budo. He meant that aikido is for self-defence, not attack. But then I asked him about saki no saki. Attacking the attacker before the attack has taken shape. But after (or as) it has been decided in the mind of the attacker. And he agreed (maybe reluctantly - it was against the theme of the seminar!) that saki no saki was the ultimate budo. They are the same kanji: sen no sen and saki no saki. So aikido is not sen no sen, but it is saki no saki. Go figure.