Re: The purpose of Aikido?
Short answer? I practice to keep from going insane.
I didn't get involved in Aikido to become a tough guy, nor do I want to appear in any martial arts movies. Instead, I find it is more closely associated to my belief system regarding conflict and confrontation. Would I act any differently in a situation because I have studied Aikido? I certainly hope not.
I may be on the losing team of peacefulness, but neither do I see an answer in aggression. It's just a choice.