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Old 07-30-2007, 09:39 AM   #7
Peter Goldsbury
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Re: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, O'Sensei

Jennifer Smith wrote: View Post
It is one of the only cohesive explanations for the drastic change in focus of O'Sensei.
And also, I believe, O'Sensei experienced a period of deep physical and emotional illness during this time. In my experience, that often accompanies a drastic change in perspective.
What is important to me is that I notice HE CHANGED and was forever changed.
Much of the language that we hear and use relating to and attributed to O'Sensei has been interpreted into a sort of pacifistic language. Now, I mean this in juxtaposition to aggressive language, and not to the whole of language itself. The language I hear from O'Sensei is about an independent activation of power that is connected to the workings of the universe (you could call it physics or Q. physics) with an independent agenda that does not include an emphasis on offense/defense,fight/flight,aggression/pacifism. Not to say he didn't talk about those things. But they were part of a larger conversation.
His language was largely sovereign thought guided by the realized workings of nature (love or God).So while he talked about pacifism, it isn't pacifism exclusively 'against' aggression. But rather pacifism as one expression of nature. In which case you then have aggression as an expression of nature, not a force unto itself; so it becomes balanced.
Anyways, I ramble as I try to grab my language skills (and a second cup of coffee).
Thanks for the patience. I hope more people add to this thread. It is timely and curious.
jen smith

With respect, I really have to ask: where is your evidence for all this? The drastic change of focus, as a direct result of the atomic bombing; the physical and emotional illness? Where is this 'larger conversation'? Who were the participants?

It was Kisshomaru Ueshiba who had to live in Tokyo during the fire-bombings (which claimed more deaths than in Hiroshima) and carry out his father's order to preserve the Tokyo dojo, even if it cost him his life. Morihei had escaped (this is Kisshomaru's own term) to the relatively peaceful surroundings of Iwama and experienced the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings only at second hand.

I have lived in Hiroshima for nearly 30 years and know many living A-bomb victims. Very few want to talk pubicly about their intensely private experiences. Of course, the City of Hiroshima has been assiduous in collecting records of A-Bomb Witnesses (this is an official title), as a public testimony for its own way of handling Japanese A-Bomb politics.

Similarly, the Aikikai Hombu has also used the bombings for 'aikido politics', as part of its agenda to project aikido as a martial art for world peace, as this is understood by postwar Japanese.

Yes, we are coming up to the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, which happend at 8.15 am on August 6. As I stated, I have neighbors and friends who were in Hiroshima at the time. O Sensei was not, so he did not really have a clue of the pain and sufferings involved.

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