Re: Just how real is violence? And where does Aikido stands in all of this?
Mmm, yeah, gotta agree with Lyle. Brian, I didn't succeed in communicating my point. I think your idea of "regulating" needs closer examination; in my mind, it doesn't stand clear and separate from the simple notion of enforcement of the wishes of the more powerful over the less powerful. If someone stares at you and you decide they're being "aggressive", you can "regulate" if you're the more powerful one in the situation. If not, oh well, I guess "regulation" doesn't happen. And maybe, if it's something only the powerful can do, "regulation" is not a good word for it. Now call that a "rant" if you want.