Re: Aikido and Samurai: a few questions
Yes, I agree. Mr. Dobro has a lot more to offer before his opinion can be registered as fact. After all, it is not factual that the samurai as a class were bisexual; nor is it factual that "bushido" contained within it a doctrine of bisexuality. It is also a huge over-simplification, especially concerning the issue raised (i.e. Should we, or can we, seek to uphold some of the more relevant virtues of the samurai class?), to merely say "The samurai were violent." and then to end all discussion there.
I would like to note that Mr. Peling is raising some good points and inspiring some good questions. A little time dedicated to one's reply seems to be in order -- in my opinion.