posted on Aug, 17 2011 @ 01:11 PM
Originally posted by Th0r
Originally posted by LifeIsEnergy
I would feel even worse then I do now knowing I could of stopped it.
We all could stop a lot of injustice if were to choose to. we could vigilantly patrol our suburbs & cities stopping violence with violence. Is it
maybe only because you witnessed it, with your own eyes and at that very moment overcome by emotion, paralyzed mind, fear of doing nothing caused you
to do something. How can we burden our self with the guilt of doing nothing, if that is what we all do, everyday.
What if it happened again, tomorrow, then the next, and the next? each day do you continue to stop it? do you reach a day when enough is enough?
Again, you've raise some very challenging questions. I said this before and I'll say it again. Making a philosophy or a set regiment out of
intervening in situations like these, is not productive or healthy in my opinion. It all comes down to the circumstance and spontaneity. Sure, I see
atrocities in the news happening all of the world and do nothing about it. But if I see an atrocity happening in front of my eyes, then I must act.
There is no fear or emotion involved in that because there is no thought only instinctual reaction.
I am a staunch supporter of non-violence and I agree fully with your assessment that violence begets violence. And I am sure what I did, did not deter
this man from becoming violent in the future. But it did end his violent rampage for the time being and allowed for three people to walk away less
injured then they potentially would have been.
This situation taught me a valuable lesson though, which is, that reality is not as black and white as I may want it to be. That is why I don't
believe one can make a set ideology out of life, it is too complicated and full of variables that we cannot account for. If you were to ask me to use
violence to protest an injustice done by our government, I would refuse and instead seek to utilize non-violent methods. But if I saw you on the
street and someone was trying to kill or seriously injure you or your family, I would step up in a flash and use just enough violence, if I had to, in
order to protect you and save your life.
edit on 17-8-2011 by LifeIsEnergy because: (no reason given)