And now that we have, what, umpteen pages of responses, I think it's time to quote my original post.
Aikido is an art so nebulously defined that it has become the equivalent of a Rorschach test for the belief system of the person studying the art.
Yes! Nailed it!
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah...
P.S. For those of you in the US, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends. When all is said and done those folk are the real meaning of life. Enjoy. And to those of you outside the US... Oh, hell, do the same thing and have a great day too...