I recall, the one time I stood like a sack of potatoes and decided to do nothing, I sustained an injury. I recall clearly the policeman saying to me: “You are entitled to defend yourself.”
Obvious common sense.
What exactly is defence? Going into someone else’s home or country, all armed and pushing your weight around telling them how to live their lives? Not quite. Despite the fact politicians haven’t yet learned this basic and most expensive of all lessons, this obviously fails to achieve constructive results. Don’t think that the initiation of violent aggression is by any means a modern phenomenon. It’s as old as the world and has brought about the fall of each and every empire that thought it would solve their problems.
And still, there are those who just don’t get it. The initiation of acts of aggression will always have consequences, if not immediately, then eventually.
The other crime, mainly against yourself (or your nation) is the failure to effectively protect your perimeter. Or to fake this, such as in ‘false flag’ strategies used by despots, in order to manipulate otherwise peaceful minds to instigate and foment rage, in order to get otherwise reasonable people agree to risk wasting money in the initiation of aggression.
Why the madness? A perceived gain that not only does not exist, but one that is ultimately paid for in immeasurably expensive and untold, long term suffering on all sides.
This too, if you study history, in the end, not only backfires, but begins irretrievable downward spirals that lead to collapse of economies and empires; or individuals that choose to “live by the sword.”
What is the answer to aggression? Budo. The stopping or interception of violence when it happens. Preferably before it happens. This requires understanding and true skill.
Simply study nature. Your body has both internal and external security measures refined over many millions of years.
Humans being social creatures, implementing this is a skill that must always work hand in hand with awakened mind, observation, awareness and clear noticing.
90% or more of violence can be stopped before it gets off the ground by understanding gained in vigilant observation, followed by a few tweaks of positioning and strategy. This minimizes late exertion and thereby expensive energy loss.
Minamoto no Yoshimitsu was more enlightened than we give him credit for. Otherwise, the myth about him is. Either way, the tale of the spider spinning its reasonable jurisdictional and limited web, respecting that of others, is precisely in accord with the laws of universal harmony and that of Aikido.
Jurisdictional perimeters are everywhere in the universe and nature and the forces which protect them are rightly ruthless. But they do not step outside of jurisdiction to effect protection since it cannot be effected this way. All homes are sacred to their respective occupants. This law is universal.
The only creature with a delusion that this may be otherwise is man. And what problems he has caused in this long history of trying to break that which cannot be broken.
As for the spider, it waits with awareness, allowing any creature foolish enough to attack its web, to enter, get entangled. It then eats it.
Spiders have more morals than men, it would appear.
The biosphere protects us in so many ways. I won’t attempt to list them here. Read your science. Quite simply if you step outside of it, you die. Astronaut suits and paraphernalia are prohibitively expensive. Sending a camera is cheaper and less stressful. Another example is the fascia and other layers in-between our internal organs, keeping separated that which must be kept separated, and thereby enable us to live and function. And so on throughout all nature.
We could learn by watching and studying how nature, in order to enable life, protects and separates mutually enhancing jurisdictional perimeters.
It’s not so much that nothing can cross over, only the uninvited. This process is much older than human existence, but as old as the universe and indeed enables all in it, to exist. On earth it protects life as we now know it.
Aikido is everywhere and has been around as long as time.
No matter who you are or where you are, if attacked, know this: “You are entitled to defend yourself.”
But not by interfering uninvited in the lives of others, outside your jurisdiction and in theirs. Rather by effectively protecting the perimeter and holding the valid line that defines it. Like the humble spider, observe quietly and wait for the approach, always expecting it. NOTICE EARLY. Then you can do anything that works to stop the aggression.
Better still, lawfully trade that which is mutually enriching and beneficial, so the stage where defence becomes necessary never arrives. By giving respect we earn it and with it come opportunities for fruitful exchanges which enrich everything and everyone involved.