Re: Happy (Aikido) Thanksgiving!
Using knowledge gained from John Stevens Sensei's "The Secrets of Aikido," I have done shihonage (gratitude toward the four directions). Those directions are the Universe [or God], Nature, Parents and Ancestors, and ["those other human beings who make society flourish,"] as I worded it in "...Sands..." I am caught, however, in a Catch-22: I despise that the white man (my ancestors) destroyed the Native Americans and their cultures, but on the other side of the coin, I wouldn't have been created if they didn't. In fact, I wouldn't have been created if anything in eternal history had not occurred the way it did.
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone, for gratitude and ego cannot coexist.