David Valadez wrote:
However, leaving things so abstract that they resist linear expression, and/or qualitative statements of the simplest kind (binary), doesnt really get us any closer to being able to understand Aiki technically or philosophically either.
I don't think that I ever said anything about Aiki being so abstract as to resist expression, linear or otherwise. Not everything can be explained accurately in simple binary statements - that's true in law, science, and philosophy, and no less so in budo, I would say. Personally, I would say that the technical and philosophical explanations underlying and explaining Aiki are really quite complex. I'm not sure that they can, or should be, reduced to a one-sentence statement.