Re: Aikido Isn't Bullshit
Fair enough, Eben, and apologies for the derail. It makes sense to me that we'd want to satisfy ourselves that aikido isn't "bullshit" - otherwise, why practice? I guess my point is just that the world is full of misconceptions about many things, and aikido (or martial arts) is not unique - people not engaged in a practice have a superficial take on it and are often dismissive of it. People following other pursuits such as art or music seem to mostly function without the need to share what they're doing with the world in the evangelistic sense. Although some people might dispute that this is counter to the spirit of aikido, from a practical point of view, it seems like a simple solution to just keep it to oneself if you don't want to deal with tiresome misconceptions.