while there is a lot of truth in your words,...
If those are your only intentions, you are not doing aikido. In dojo you would just get out of the way and avoid contact, and in real life you would immediately kill everybody, who is looking somehow threatening.
But I do not think, that is what you meant, so don't take my nit-picky comments too serious.
Best regards Dirk
it can certainly be perceived as such.. but, the latter can also be achieved by running away, and dont necessarily mean to hurt the opponent.
If i have the level of ability to avoid injuring a opponent and avoid injury to myself its possible that that is what i will do, but until i achieve that level, my own safety are my priority.
In real life, you cant trust the compassion of other people if you surrender yourself to their mercy, but you CAN count on your own compassion to let your opponent go.
and the first part is that i would feel horribly bad if i happened to injure my uke in the dojo, as that would've meant carelessness on my part..
so sorry, not that terribly profound after all...