Edwin Neal wrote:
my points exactly, Mark and Paul... is this attitude 'too' widespread in aikido... does it 'scare' off people who would benefit from training... does it make are art seem 'snobby' to others... just thinking out loud as this statement felt wrong to me...
It might just be a case where the person chose their words poorly.
When I hear the word 'passion' in this context, I'm reminded of the line in the film "Bladerunner":
The fire that burns twice as bright burns half as long.