With all due respect, Mark, I would ask that you publicly answer the following questions prior to responding to Mary:
What is your current level of active engagement with Aikido practice?
Who were/are your direct Aikido instructors?
How much direct experience do you have with Aikido practice?
Are you still a global climate change denialist?
Are you now or have you ever been a bible-thumper?
This to me has nothing to do with the thread.