Aikido: Compassion and Assertiveness

I read something interesting recently. To quote, it said, Compassion is understanding, it does not include sacrifice. Compassion is not martyrdom, it is not sacrifice, it is pure mastery, even of the emotions of pity. This ties closely in with a discussion I was having with my life partner recently about Aikido, its teachings and philosophy, assertiveness and reconciling the taking of a life. In Aikido, as it has been explained to me, the objective is to return harmony and balance to a conflictive situation. But, not necessarily having your will bent in order to to it. The key is to
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