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9/11 an Aiki Perspective

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9/11 an Aiki Perspective

Postby Francis Takahashi » Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:26 pm

I am an American, and I am not alone. I am proud of my country, its traditions, its history and its people. Our citizens come from all parts of the world, bringing the best and the worst with them, since our borders have always been designed to not discriminate or profile indiscriminately, with unfounded prejudice, blind intolerance or an unreasoning hate for the unknown and the seemingly strange. We are a North American country, yet are irreversibly and undeniably linked to all countries and societies on Planet Earth and our mutually combined goals of general welfare and national security.

Something has changed, and there is no going back. The malicious and calculated attacks on September 11, 2001 targeted not only innocent lives, but a way of life that has admittedly proven flawed, inconsistent with its stated values and principles, and fraught with the perils of living in a society that grossly overspends and over consumes over just about any other existing society. Yet, we have our good points, with an undeniable track record of generosity, open minded compassion and a leaking pocket book that helps less fortunate societies and people, often at the shameful expense of our own. We have been the world’s policemen, bank account, rescuer of nations, and have tried mightily to share our beliefs in democratic policy making and the rights of all human beings to have a fair share of the world’s bounty and riches. We have not always been successful, but we never quit trying. We have made, and continue to make gross errors in judgment, inconsistent execution of democratic policies, and posses a shameful and checkered record of not practicing what we preach. Yet, we are a magnificent people, bloodied and resolute, determined to learn from our mistakes and to continue to share our love for the essence of freedom with any who are willing to work with us to accomplish uniform equality for men and women who wish to be free of tyranny, wherever they may live.

I have always, always felt that the American experiment is Aiki driven, and that the Founder would have been duly proud to be an American, even as he was Japanese. Of course, I would not argue if any other country would likewise claim O Sensei as one of their own as well. No wonder that the principles of Aiki and Ueshiba Aikido resonate so congruently with our life styles, our standards of fairness and self determination, and our dogged determination to never quit in the face of obstacles, both from without, and from within our beloved country. We are invariably willing to forgive, but to never forget the attacks that misguided people and cultures perpetrate against us and our way of life. And, we are willing to try once again to forge reconciliations and relationships that reflect our ever expanding knowledge and appreciation for one another, and to actually appreciate and acknowledge our cultural differences.

This, my friends, is Ueshiba Aiki at work. This is Universal Aiki at work.

On this, the 10th anniversary of a horrific tragedy replayed on countless mediums, we may do well to remind ourselves that true vigilance is constantly required, and the willingness to act without hesitation are still the hallmarks of a vibrant and ready nation. You see, the attack on the United States was also an attack on the Aiki sensibilities of good people everywhere, and we cannot let that go gently into that good night. We need to constantly remind ourselves and each other that “Love is High Maintenance”, and that we must never shirk from doing our best to preserve that which we love, those that we love and the reasons why we love what we are trying to become, and why we exist. True Aiki is 24/7. We can and must commit to do no less.
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Re: 9/11 an Aiki Perspective

Postby Carina Rei » Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:33 pm

Thank you Francis Sensei, just by translating it I realized how great , thoughtful and understanding this article is. I'd like to remind too that on the September 11, 6 months passed since the terrible natural disaster in Japan, O'Senseis country.
I know your feeling because I'm a born american too, a south american and we are similarly educated in our pride for our country and looking up to the USA, but my parents were european and I chose Europe to life and to watch how my children are growing, so I'm just a citizen of the world. O'Sensei has left us a great inheritance and it is based in Ai, love, of course I could imagine him being proud of USA too. Let us not forget the past but learn of it and try to interpret it, but live the present and hope for a future full of understanding, friendship and help for the less fortunates. Every good thing you do for anybody will come double back to you and bring you happyness. That is what I learned in the years of my Aikido training to apply in my daily life.
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Re: 9/11 an Aiki Perspective

Postby Carina Rei » Sun Sep 11, 2011 3:29 am

Today on the anniversary I put the translation in both blogs
http://entrenandoaikido.blogspot.com/2011/09/9-11-una-perspectiva-aiki.html
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http://wirtrainierenaikido.blogspot.com ... ctive.html[/url]
and just got the first comment

Musubi said ...

Today we can give pabulum to the evils that led to the 11 S or feed the greatness of the souls who gave everything or nearly everything to help that day ...

Closely echoes the 11-M in Madrid ...

Thanks Carina
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Re: 9/11 an Aiki Perspective

Postby Carina Rei » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:49 am

Here some comments of the spanish blog:

AikiGuille says:
I respect the opinions and feelings of Takahashi Shihan, although the subject of extreme nationalism and exacerbated patriotism I rather do not enter because this is neither the place nor the time. Thank you very much for translating and publishing the post Carina.
A hug .

Hola Guillermo ,
You're right, having been educated in Argentina, which also belongs to America I understand the sense of Takahashi Shihan, because there the education is like that, consider that it is a young continent compared to Europe. We should be more open in every way, thank you very much
a hug

Ricardo Amorim says:
Good morning , Carina,
I agree with the thought of Guillermo, I understand that there is the vision of every folk, but I think that the principle of Aiki, O'Sensei taught us, shows us that there are no distinctions, we are all from the same family.
Thank you very .
Embrace.

Good morning Ricardo ,
Thank you very much for your thoughts, which I share, but we should also understand the thinking of others, as you say we are all fom the same family.
a hug

Puedes leer este artículo en español aqui
http://entrenandoaikido.com/9-11-una-perspectiva-aiki/

Bitte lese diesen Artikel hier auf Deutsch
http://wirtrainierenaikido.com/9-11-eine-aiki-perspective/
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