Not all discussion on Aikido spirituality need to be deep or serious. So, just for fun:
I heard on the news recently that Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, took some time out of a recent trip to practice Judo while he was on the road. I thought this was pretty cool, and it got me to thinking:
First, I wonder how many world leaders study some form of martial art.
Second, wouldn't it be cool if part of the various "summits" would include an open mat session for the world leaders? I imagine the atmosphere in our dojo (calmness, anticipation, cooperation) being present during high-level arms treaty talks.
It's a neat fantasy, anyway.