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Old 08-01-2016, 11:08 AM   #14
Dan Richards
Dojo: Latham Eclectic
Location: NY
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 452
Re: Reconcile the world

John Hillson wrote: View Post
Statistics for the majority do not mean we have a perfect world, or that all reconciliation is now done. When I ask about O Sensei's Medicine For A Sick World, your comments seem to be the world is all better now?
What Ueshiba taught has everything to do with not interpreting "external events" on a lower fear-based level. That is at the very heart of effective aikido. Even Jesus said, "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy." Einstein said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

The world does not have to be someone's version of "perfect" for peace and harmony to be the dominant desire and focus.

I am not advocating ignoring where we are or how far we've come when I say I feel that we are all impoverished by events that leave my friends in law enforcement feeling threatened, and my black coworkers afraid.
You "feel" we are all "impoverished" by events...

Why are you impoverishing yourself due to events, and then further impoverishing others? It is your thoughts and feelings that have become impoverished.

Rather than go the route of either staring at the news and becoming paralyzed, or watching cartoons and zoning out, there are other more edifying paths. Deeper reflection, thoughts, and a change in the state of being are not only possible, but vital to the very topic here.

Some suggested reading on the matter:

Viktor Frankl's "Man's Search for Meaning?"
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