Re: Just how real is violence? And where does Aikido stands in all of this?
IMHO, violence is very real. It might be a small percentage of people/places, but in those places it is very real.
Many people avoid violence, which only perpetuates it.
We need to face it and transform it. We need to find the pain/fear that creates it and heal it.
Aikido is only a tool. Perhaps rather than the usual fight, flight, or freeze reaction, we can learn to flow with violence and redirect it. It depends on have we learned our craft and how we express our art.