Thanks for your reply, my comments are not directed at you personally, but I think this is a good topic of conversation to consider! thanks!
Not taking them personally. I think actually that we are on the same page. The concept I have in my head is just having trouble being expressed by me in print.
I can't say I disagree with anything you have said in your recent post.
Let us say that if you practice aikido with an aggressive "intent to do harm" mind set you are less likely to be successful at making aikido work for you. If your intention is simply not to allow the other person to harm you and you simply allow him to break himself upon your technique... I suspect that things will be more likely to go well for you.
Even in the effort to overcome myself I do not consider myself as my enemy. I just consider myself as being in need of adjustment.