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Old 06-17-2008, 11:34 AM   #19
Erick Mead
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Re: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 7

Peter A Goldsbury wrote: View Post
I was stunned at a recent All-Japan demonstration. Doshu's son, Mitsuteru, due to become the 4th Aikido Doshu, made his debut at the demonstration. Where? As a member of the military demonstration, given by the self-defence forces. To me, sitting in the audience, it was hugely symbolic--in a very negative sense, but I suspect that I was the only person at the demonstration to see this.
Why stunned? Why negative, exactly? To those with experience or exposure to service in a military or security environment, the question of peace and violence is not a theoretical or philosophical one -- despite the validity of those more cerebral considerations.

Why should that exposure and association NOT be appropriate?


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