posted on Oct, 14 2014 @ 12:28 AM
originally posted by: kicked
I think that this is a phrase that has a lot of contemporary meaning. A good example is when i was watching the Ferguson protests live and there were
certain people who would throw water bottles or whatever at the police. I understand that there is anger and emotions flowing but one had to realize
that doing something like that is in no way constructive to their cause, however minor that person deems their actions. That is the fine line between
a peaceful protest and a violent demonstration that will not affect change.
I can see your point of view and it does not in any way contradict the JFK quote.
In the ferguson case, peacful protest has met with little success or action from the authorities. Occupy - didn't meet with sucessful change from
Hence those would be examples of 'making peaceful revolutions impossible'. Both could have changed things - even a little would have 'appeased'
the 'masses' but those in authority chose to suppress peaceful protests sometimes violently.
When the many cannot influence meaningful change through peaceful means, voting, protesting and other actions there will come a point (and I believe
that point was reached some time ago in the Middle East) that people will turn to violent protest.
In high school, during the Vietnam war, my friends and I talked about this a lot - most, myself, included being pacifists. The question was and is
not only what you are willing to die for - but what you are willing to kill for.
I never could think, other then protecting my child, of anything I would kill for and then I attended a seminar on the concept of "Just War" and
going to war to 'lessen suffering' (an area of great buddist discussion) that I began to think less in absolutes.
I don't know the right answer for me - I've never seen violence produce good but I haven't see everything either. I think that using violence to
force our will, either individually or collectively, on others is distructive and breeds more violence, fear and suffering but I do know that people
who are suffering unable to care for themselves or their families and feel they have nothing to lose (think Middle East again) will do anything to
hurt those they perceive as hurting them.
I thought it was a profound warning on governing (in our familes and our towns and our countries) and wanted to share it.