I see that as probably the way many would see it but I don't. For me there is no covertness and deception inherent in those principles described.
This is also where we part on the subject of Aiki. (assuming the second post is as part of aiki or aikido)
Thus without argument may we agree to differ?
Of course we can agree to disagree.
I have no problem with people disagreeing with me and I think you and I tend to have a lot of similar sentiments about budo and aikido, even where we describe things differently. I'm offering my view; you're offering yours. I'll only add that where you see covert acton as perhaps necessitating deception, I see it as being essentially invisible. There might be deception involved in addition, but that would imply giving some clue in the first place which strikes me as allowing the "opponant" something to respond to (which can include the consideration of potential deception).
Take care, Graham,