In response to Edward:
Yes Aikido is an utopic idea. I don't think anyone here really believes otherwise. But it is something to move towards. You can either move towards something or away from it...or you can stand still...that is apathy.
So, I submit that it is better to strive and work toward this ideal called aikido.
Of course it cannot directly solve all the world problems, nor is it a pancea for peace. It is only a methodology or a way that allows certain individuals who so choose to walk it's path to learn how to be better people.
If everyone was able to do the things we all strive to do, then we would have peace...no question about it!