Aikido is an altruistic vision of the future where people and cultures live in harmony and disputes are resolved by redirecting conflict in a more positive direction. To not fight fire with fire but to transform bad energy into positive or at least to diffuse it harmlessly.
The paradox of Aikido is that while it contains the technical and philosophic methods to achieve this goal it is simultaneously an extremely lethal martial art. But in practice it uses the “Do” form to create a martial art way of life that helps one deal with all the conflicts and issues you may encounter in a lifetime. It reimagines being a warrior on a battlefield to being a warrior for positive change in the world. But it does not lose sight of the fact that it is a martial art.
Because Aikido is designed to be used by all people regardless of ability and with different goals it is difficult for sport martial artists and purely practical based martial arts to comprehend its vision and training methods. But let’s face it not everyone in the world holds these goals in mind so it’s not surprising Aikido does not believe in competition, contests and conflict so they don’t exist in the repertoire. Sparring while still in the repertoire is not for general training because not everyone can withstand small joint manipulations and neck manipulations in an unrestrained manner. It would also brutalise those thinking to find A remedy to violence and it stops all of the different practitioners from being able to train together, for example a lightly framed person with no fighting experience cannot spar with a hardened combat veteran without injury.
Also people seeking a remedy to violence should not be brutalised by their training or have social Darwinism applied to their training either. Rather the Aikido mat is seen as a metaphor for life and the training seeks to find harmonious ways for vastly different people to train in harmony.