Rick (medlir) wrote,
Rick
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Nice.

What to do if you happen upon a peace rally with people saying, "There should be no retaliation."

1.  Engage protestor in a brief conversation, and ask if military force is appropriate.
2.  When he says "No," ask, "Why not?"
3.  Wait until he says something to the effect of, "Because that would just cause more innocent deaths, which would be awful. We should not cause more violence."
4.  When he's in mid sentence, punch him in the face just as hard as you can.
5.  When he gets up to punch you back, point out that it would be a mistake and contrary to his values to strike you, because "that would be awful." Instruct him that he should not cause more violence.
6.  Wait until he agrees, and pledges not to commit additional violence.
7.  Punch him in the face again, even harder this time.
8.  Repeat steps 4 through 7 until he understands that sometimes it is necessary to punch back.

This was passed on to me by Cyndi, I think it's a valid and interesting take on things. Not a new take, but an interesting way to put it in the simplest terms. It doesn't necessarily prove it's *necessary* to punch back but it does show how it's human nature to want to fight back, and I think that shouldn't be ignored. You don't survive long if you don't fight back because not everyone is nice and peaceful. There's always someone who has a chemical imbalance, or just a mean disposition who can and will hurt you if even if you don't fight back. *thinks back not-so-fondly to high school*
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