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Old 06-29-2002, 11:55 AM   #26
Dojo: Aikido Center of Atlanta
Location: Atlanta, GA
Join Date: Mar 2001
Posts: 47
Should we, as Aikido practitioners, continue to deal with the results of this Industrial Revolution and Manifest Destiny of Industry which use the worlds population for their profit margins, or should we speak up in the moral and spiritual sense to find a solution to uncontrolled expansion?
Personally I'm in favor of the industrial revolution. Being an Aikidoka doesn't make me a missionary. Sure, Aikido envokes harmony with the world. But I see it as a personal harmony. It affects the way I react and interact with others, not how I interact with Society. Society is a nebulous and rather demanding master to live up to and I for one couldn't care less what Society is doing.

There are so many people who regard human life as unnatural. Anything we do is against the grain of what nature intended. I disagree. Bears eat honey, dogs chew bones and humans make things and dominate the world.

Does following the martial way of OSensei give me the right and obligation to change the world? No.

If we had no industry, you know, we would now be writing on non-existant computers.

Bruce, what exactly is the answer you're looking for?

Chris Pasley
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