without joking, then you wouldn't have the phister and where would that get you! no humor, no joy, which against the teaching of Ueshiba The Senior. besides, one cannot discuss about spiritual stuffs without discussing why the chicken crossed the road.
Oh so many philosophical puzzles to ponder...
Without a road, what would the chicken cross? Does the road simply embody or reify the chicken's inherent need to traverse?
If you cross a road with a chicken, what do you get? If you cross a state line with a chicken, is it interstate commerce or a federal offense?
If the chicken crosses the road, is the road entitled to take revenge? Is that the aiki response?
Does this chicken make my butt look big?