Violence never seems to be a solution to any problem.

Violence never seems to be a solution to any problem. Violence usually makes more violence. War is not the answer to problems in countries. Non violent solutions would always be better. What a different world it would be if everyone committed to non-violence. Millions of dollars would be freed to help those in need. Lives would not be wasted. People would find the light of God in one another and work together to make a better world.

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Kathy, I think that what you're saying is so right, except for one thing. I think people have to find the light of God in one another BEFORE they can commit to non-violence. As long as non-violence is based on utilitarian concerns, whenever killing some people would save a larger number of people (see Libya), violence will always be a tempting, even valid, option. I think that it's only by stepping outside of our limited, rationalistic human notions of "the most good for the most people" can we truly commit to forswear violence.

 

It's easy to be non-violent when no one is attacking you or those you care about. Once the things you love are threatened with destruction, it's a different story. I think that only loving God MORE can keep you from responding violently. Loving God can help a person prefer martyrdom to murder; I don't know what else can.

Yes, I think you are very right Adria. Thank you for what you shared. Kathy

Violence never IS the solution to any problem.

 

I have a dream . . . . My dream is that as a species, human beings would agree NOT to use violence to solve our problems. If we could agree to do this as a species, then we could live without the military, as Costa Rica does. Then we could divert the funds we now spend on the military to feed, clothe, house, educate, and provide health care to every human being one the planet. Then where a person was born would no longer determine whether or not that person survived.

 

I have a dream . . . 

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