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Old 09-24-2010, 11:12 AM   #6
R.A. Robertson
Dojo: Still Point Aikido Center
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 290
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Re: When Systems Falter

Francis,

Very wisely considered and nicely stated.

I used to be horrified by the politics and schisms in the aikido world. Eventually I realized that aikido is indeed the way of nature, and in nature things grow by division. Cells divide, trees branch, seeds and offspring are produced and go their own way.

Yet, almost paradoxically, through division there is often accretion. Divided cells may form tissue, organs, bodies. Lonely seeds grow into trees, and enough trees make a forest.

So it is with human relationships and society.

Finally, with respect to your vision of an organization based on "collaborative synergy," I'd like to suggest that you take a look at Aiki-Extensions if you have not already done so.

Warm salutations to you in this International Aiki Week of Peace.

Ross
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