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Old 07-22-2003, 08:14 AM   #6
Dojo: Baltimore Aikido
Location: Baltimore
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 586
Phillip, I'm going to agree with you and disagree.
Phillip wrote:
A "do nothing", vanilla attitude towards someone who needs help, to me, is escapist
I don't think that witnessing is the same as doing nothing. Witnessing opens you up to the situation, allows you to perceive your options more clearly, and tunes you into subtleties that disappear when you are focused on your own actions. Witnessing is an active participation that affects everyone else involved and how the situation unfolds.
Phillip wrote:
A wo-/man who deceives only to end up with only the option of killing is no moral compass for me.
Excellent point. I hadn't thought of it that way.

Yours in Aiki
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