O Sensei(3)“True victory does not come from defeating an enemy, true victory comes from giving love and changing an enemies heart.” -Morihei Ueshiba. 

In the aftermath of terrorism it’s easy to dismiss the applicability of the idea expressed in this quote. It’s easy to regard it as naïve or sentimental. But Ueshiba never says that you don’t justly defend yourself. He never suggests that you can just “love” a violent person into submission. Ueshiba was a strong and formidable man who served in the Japanese Army, saw combat in the Russo-Japanese War and lead a pioneering expedition in Hokkaido. This saying reminds us that the ultimate goal, the “true victory” as he puts it, is to change the mind of the enemy so that there is no longer an enemy. This is not a temporary victory won by physically defeating an opponent. It is winning the heart of the enemy. This is the only victory that can be called a true victory. And this cannot be accomplished if, even at their worst, we forget in our own heart the humanity of our enemy, lest we become no better than them.

Let the video below be an example…