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Old 01-30-2009, 10:40 AM   #3
R.A. Robertson
Dojo: Still Point Aikido Center
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 345
Re: The Challenge of Not Competing

Hi Stefan,

I see that we are wrestling with many of the same issues. I think Joe has some good insights. Are we at war with war? Are we competing with the idea of competition?

I've come to suspect that competition is inevitable, but in aikido we learn perhaps not to contend.

There are more and less aiki ways of competing. Cooperation and collaboration and symbiosis also give a Darwinian edge, and I think aikido is oriented accordingly.

Thanks for pondering on the difficult questions!

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