Re: Fight? What fight?
I liked the story. It's a wonderful story. But it's not aikido off the mat.
Perhaps if someone from this forum were to act in this way, they might be driven by aikido principles, and then you could call it aikido off the mat. But the author makes no mention of aikido. Instead, she has several references in there to Buddhist concepts using Buddhist terminology, although she doesn't use the B-word either.
Aikido did not create harmony in the universe. Aikido does not own the patent on harmonious action or resolution of conflict. If aikido is your vehicle to seeing "the third way", then call it aikido off the mat -- for you.