Re: Aikido IS a practical contemporary martial art
yes, I agree Ron. Aikido provides the conditions and environment or experiences that allow us to mature and emerge! Agreed.
I don't think it explicitly teaches us anything or should enforce a particular set of ethics, values, or morales.
I think we have the endstate, or common goal of Peace and Harmony.
I think it should stop and end there. It should not define "how" we get there or limit us in our methodology or experiences by excluding things based on our judgement of what is or is not appropriate to teach.
If we do that, then we are screwing with the process of learning to affect the outcome.