More on violence…this time, regarding self-defense, and how it doesn’t come naturally to some of us; and then, an example of how pacifism once worked out in Africa. From the ChiefIO…. Many worthwhile comments follow.
Si vis pacem, para bellum
Posted on 2 January 2013 by E.M.Smith
There are times when you run into such a stellar example of something that it really cries out for a more prominent place in history and teaching.
One of the ongoing broken ideas that constantly circulates is the “Pacifist” ideal. Just refuse to fight and everything will be better. I was crippled by well meaning folks (my Mom, mostly, but also some religious sorts) telling me that “fighting is wrong”. And that “turn the other cheek” was the right way to handle things. That, mostly, got me beat up until most of my way through High School when I decided to ‘try the other way’. A “showdown” followed and, well, I didn’t even have to hit one person. Just making it clear that I was “prepared for war” and, in a way, looking forward to some well deserved “pay back” promptly ended things. NEVER to return.