posted on Aug, 4 2011 @ 10:12 AM
reply to post by My.mind.is.mine
I have to say that the weapons are not the issue, the mentality is. You present an interesting thought and I'm a little confused how your friend
could be "threatened" by an individual so distressed and depressed that she would contemplate taking her own life, but that's besides the point.
The reason why weapons are not the issue is because weapons (defense mechanisms) are naturally occurring and come about biologically through
evolution. You ran through a list of alternative revisions of historical events (some recent) whereby the true opponents use fists, rocks and spit to
"do battle". The problem with your scenario is that fists and rocks still are weapons. You can still kill someone with your bare hands.
If we imagine a world without weapons, we are imagining a world where organisms do not evolve in tandem - fighting off predators and attacking prey,
repelling nuisances, and, of course, defending against rivals for mating or territory.
Life is chaotic. I acknowledge that clubs, flints, sticks and rocks were all part of our early evolutionary arsenal. Perhaps the gun and the bomb
were natural outcomes of our progression through the various technological stages of our species, beginning when biology was surpassed by culture.
However, I don't condone our modern achievements, because no other animal on the planet can harm or kill it's prey, potential predator or
territorial rival displaced in time and space like we can (drones, nuclear weapons, land mines, etc.). While a rock or spear or arrow can all be
thrown lengthy distances to kill or maim a would-be target, they all depend on our own mechanical strength. Nukes and bullets are metaphorical
extensions of our strength, but not linked to them whatsoever.