When should we use violence?

Who gets to decide? Why? Is violence effective at solving real world issues? How can we minimize violence?"


Ani Fox:
. . . For example, as a Buddhist thinking Jewish raised mystic I support on the spot execution for proven child molesters. Why? The recidivism rate for them is almost 100%. To do anything other than kill them causes 2 harms. First, they are driven by a thirst beyond their control . . .
[click to delve deeper]


Jordan Myska Allen:
“. . . call your representatives and tell them we want out of Iraq immediately. Tell them you’re pissed that our money is funding torture and brutality. Tell them to spend it elsewhere – or better yet tell them to let you keep it and you can decide where to spend it. You can help your own community and help fund things you personally believe in. . We can also work to eliminate the violence we create in our lives by expanding our consciousness. . .” [click to read more]


". . .There are times in which a human has the right to defend themselves with violence even to the point of killing. First is when we or our family are attacked. The second is if we are living under oppression. If all other options are exhausted, killing in these circumstances I believe is even mandatory. . . “ [click to read more]


Andrea Leyton-Mange:
“. . .Organized groups should only use violence to prevent further violence or, in rare cases, to combat other social ills. Military force should never be taken lightly . . . the use of nuclear bombs on Japan at the end of World War II and America's recent invasion of Iraq are not good examples of necessary use of military force. . .” [click to read more]


Nick Hambley:
"Violent acts, and by this I simply mean any infliction of physical harm from one sentient being to another, are still used by many for a variety of reasons and thus this month's question remains an important topic for us to address. I have little doubt that the vast majority of you would agree with me that the ideal world is a world without violence, where conflicts are solved with peaceful negotiations and compassionate acts of forgiving and understanding. Unfortunately this international community in which we all exist is not yet ideal in this sense and so I want to spend the rest of my time looking at if and when violence should be used. I will do this by presenting and then briefly commenting on three archetypal situations in which we are all most likely familiar..." [click to read more]


Claire Villareal:
Bin Laden, through his direct leadership role in al-Qaeda, through his recorded messages to his followers and to the world, by his very presence and what he represents, has helped to spread terror, uncertainty, intolerance, and hatred through the world. The Dalai Lama, on the other hand. . .” [click to read more]


Mary Ann Clark:
“. . . Santeria is often considered to be a violent religion. Although there are evil and violent people that belong to this tradition, as there are evil and violent people that belong to all religious traditions. Some people think that because animal sacrifice is an integral part of Santeria. . . ” [click to read more]


Adrian Frimpong:
". . . I guess all those peppy Dare talks about "talking it out" stuck too, cause it's all I wanna do haha. So I'm urgin' y'all the next time ya feel like you're about to come to blows, breathe, and think
about forgivin' seventy times seven times. It's what i do in the hopes that when I'm gettin' on someone's nerves they'll forgive me too. . ." [click to read more]

- As always, feel free to join in on the discussion by adding your comments, insights, and opinions. Many of the regular writers feel like they have refined their beliefs and ability to communicate more effectively through the process of sharing on the the Forum.