Ermmm.... shouldn't this thread be in "Open Discussions" or maybe "Spiritual" or "Not Responsible for Myself" or something?
My vote is for open discussions...or maybe "Responsible for Myself," since I see this as a matter pointing to the self as needing to step up, rather than dropping in line behind others.
Whatever the case, it certainly applies to Aikido as much as with any other tradition...although now I can see it's being put more in the context of "internals," which I guess has largely been discussed in terms of non-Aikido traditions.
I guess I was the only one trying to apply it across the board then? Sorry if I misunderstood the context.