Re: Has all the love gone?
This is brilliant Don: "We have a huge prejudice for argument from authority in aikido."
I also think this is important to note - such an argument can only based in fallacy. Love, on the other hand, must be based in Truth. Truth, cannot be known to us but through reflection - and such reflection will always include elements of critical thought. So while tone, word selection, and courtesy have to of course be applied and appreciated, we just can't risk throwing out critical thinking for the name of Love. For Love comes to us only through such things - strange as that might seem at first glance. Which I think is just Don's point all over again. ;-) Echo, echo, echo...