I finally read ‘The Art of Peace’ cover to cover. I’ve read numerous parts before and used the book as a reference to Aikido, however not cover to cover.
The language used by Morihei Ueshiba Osensei (Great Teacher) is rather esoteric and can be a challenge at times to the rational mind. However, if you are familiar with Aikido the irony of the martial ‘art’ of peace can be understood in this book.
When thinking peace in this book be mindful that the peace in the east is not the same as the Christian ‘turn the other cheek’ peace that we practice in the west.
If you are an Aikidoka this book is a must. If you don’t practice Aikido it may be a challenge to read and understand this book, however, read it anyway for that is the purpose of books, understand what we don’t.
This book gives a peaceful philosophy to the generally violent martial arts. Overall the book is very good and the words linger in the mind long after the pages have been closed and the book returned to the shelf.