In addressing the problem of violence, we may take it as axiomatic that no two solids may occupy the same space at the same time
. As a corollary, we may also say that no one solid may occupy more than one location at a time.
Borrowing both the idea and the term from physics, we will call this principle exclusion
For our purposes, the degree of violence may be assessed by the amount of energy over time applied in attempting to violate this Aiki Exclusion Principle.
It follows then, that, where it is desirable to minimize violence (or conversely, optimize structure/function) we need only act in accordance with the exclusion principle. That is to say that we should not allow force to be applied to solids as if to cause them to occupy the same space at the same time.
The method for accomplishing this may occur in stages, and these have elsewhere
been described as open, merge, ground,
. In this discussion, we will look at each of these as an independent process. Accordingly, new terminology is introduced, wherein we will examine relocation, condensation, and attenuation
. In this model, merge
are subsumed into one topic, namely condensation
is the simple idea that if a particular object is in one location, all other objects must be elsewhere. If in motion, headings must also be taken into account so there will be no intersection in space and time.
is the idea that two objects can become one. As one, there is no conflict. The opposite of condensation is sublimation
, whereby one object may become two. Such a body undergoing separation may or may not experience violence, depending on the binding force resistant to separation.
is the reduction of energy or momentum such that collision force is less than the force that maintains structural integrity.
Thus we see that violence requires plurality in forceful convergence, or else a singularity in forceful divergence. By reducing or eliminating any one of these factors, a system may be oriented toward greater structural and functional integration. Achieve unity, reduce force, or distribute solids in space and time. If any one of these is accomplished, the principle of exclusion is retained, and violence cannot occur.
In situations where violence may be deemed necessary or constructive, an understanding of its nature is helpful in assessing how best to utilize it creatively and judiciously.
Aikido has been declared a way of nature. It is only through a proper understanding of the principles of nature that we can foster effective and efficient action. Finally, we should observe that psychological violence is analogous to physical violence inasmuch as ideas and emotions also form structures with varying degrees of resistance to change, and therefore "solidity."
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