Re: Violence and Aikido
Forest fires are violence in nature, but we have found them to be helpful in the greater scheme of things.
Also on Ghandi. His turn the other cheek strategy worked because of the political world he lived in allowed this to be a good strategy. The conditions were right. There is a bigger picture to all this than the idesal a of one person.
Again, what worked in India did not work so well in Tibet. It could have led to more suffering. Then again, maybe we are also looking too short term.
I think the middle road approach is what is best in todays world with a few exceptions going left or right of the road when necessary.