In aikido, you’ll find aiki people and they’re a joy. But then you always have the non-aiki… the people that just don’t get it and never will, the ones driven by ego and dishonesty because of poor character. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
Sometimes you hear aiki in unexpected places… if you’re listening.
Behaving egotistically or dishonestly is non-aiki, and is not okay. Aikido (all the real masters say it if you actually read them) and aiki are all about character, which isn’t a convenience thing, that you just discard when it’s not convenient. You can’t suspend ‘aiki’ to behave dishonestly, then resume being ‘aiki’. You haven’t resumed being aiki if it’s convenient to be non-aiki sometimes. You simply have a poor character and never had any aiki to begin with. That’s the consequence of poor choices when it comes to aiki.