Re: O'Sensei Thought It Was Important
Thank you Dr. Goldsbury. That was exactly what I was looking for. I must admit my first thought with the nativists had been the notion of well-off comfortable people waxing nostalgically about things they chose to see in a self-satisfying way (which immediately brought up thoughts of Yamamoto Tsunetomo). It did seem rather naive to my understanding considering the heavy burden (physically, economically and socially) placed upon farmers throughout Japanese history. So considering Morihei Ueshiba came from a rather wealthy family, the family's wealth due to the farming "industry", and then the Omoto influence leaves a lot of possible "lens" through which to view his ideas about farming. And all of them have their own "tint" (to abuse a concept from Bertrand Russell).
Thank you again. Time to read some more...