reply to post by ripcontrol
Interesting question that the op has put forth, and there are a few thoughts on the subject that could be addressed. Before going into the thoughts
behind the topic, it is often best to look at the very definition of the word and idea that is being proposed.
Violence is defined as an act of aggression, ferocity, a turbulent state resulting in injury and destruction. Violence is the expression of physical
or verbal force against the self or other.
Life and the planet that we all reside on, by its very nature is a violent place. We eat meat, thus commit acts of violence on other creatures. But
in this case, does violence solve things? In some cases, yes it does, and in other cases it does not. You mention Hiroshima and the Atomic bomb, yet
fail to mention that the reason for developing and actually using this weapon, is that it was to end the war in the pacific against the Japanese,
through their own action, committed an act of violence against the United States of America, dragging the country into World War II. It was believed,
based off of the information at the time, that the Japanese people would fight to the last man, woman and child, in a fanatical devotion, thus saving
lives on both sides of the conflicts, and starting the atomic age. It also, kept the peace, and even ended a cold war without so much as firing a
Wars from our distant past, say that of Rome, it is hard to say, if it was a good or a bad thing, though based off of military tactics, the salting of
the ground was to prevent the people of Carthage from waging war against Rome again, done as a punitive action. And even then after the western Roman
empire fell, it led the way for many of the forefathers of the modern day European countries to give rise and develop their own identity as a people.
The war of 1812 was bound to happen as a new nation was seeking to prevent actions against it by a country that it beat back in 1776.
Guns, do not kill people. I know, there are three sitting in my house, gathering dust. They are about as likely as to kill someone, and I do pity
the person that tries to use any of them for such, as they are old and have not been kept up with.
It is not the tool that is inherently evil, rather the hand that wields it. A gun can have a positive effect, as many of the innovations from violent
conflicts that we all use and enjoy today. Some of the very technologies, that are the most useful and life saving came from technology. Microwave
ovens, came from the development of radar. Advances in medicine, often came from wars, including surgical techniques to save lives. X-ray, the
concept of seeing into the human body, came about after the assassination of a US President. The internet, cell phones, and telecommunications all
came from the very military hard ware that we would use to destroy those who we would believe to do us harm. Even the maps, that are used, came from
conflict and violence. Our greatest achievement of the 20th century, a man walking on the moon, came from the remnants of World War II. Even the
United States of America, came about from a violent beginning, to overthrow the British control over the country so we can determine our own destiny.
Assassinations often have a stronger message than the person itself. Take JFK, for example, we know he was assassinated, however, did not his message
live on long after, his death, along with that of MLK, Gandhi, or even Malcolm X? Ask yourself this, would we have remembered any of the assassinated
figures, if they had died of natural causes, or do we remember them and consider their lives more, cause they were assassinated? I believe that those
who were assassinated, and in the publics eye, all knew the risks, knew that there was a very good chance that they would be killed for what they
believed, and were willing to continue, as the message that they felt that was needed to know about, was far more important than themselves. Even in
religion, the death of a religious figure, the death is often associated with a message, and we often remember that message long after the person was
killed in an act of violence. So I would say that violence has a role to play in our lives, in one form or another, and it is not something that can
be avoided. It is within our very nature, and one that many people far wiser than many of us has been trying to figure out how to deal with, and most
of the time, can not solve.