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"RESPONSE TO VIOLENCE"

We condemn meaningless violence. Violence and war are never the true solution.

Nonviolence and conflict resolution bring out the highest in human beings because such efforts seek to resolve conflict when willing opponents seek common ground with each other, listen to each other's viewpoints, practice practical compassion and compassionate practicality, seek to create win-win situations to increase communication and cooperation, and are willing to compromise for the sake of the highest good.

Unfortunately, in this world, there truly are criminal psychopaths, whom without hesitation coldly exploit the sincere kindness of others as well as the high ideals designed into the law such as fairness and flexibility, and they must be stopped - their criminal actions must be stopped, and such criminals brought to justice. Unfortunately such people often only respond to a gun pointed at their heads, and they must be convinced that the person who is holding the gun will not hesitate to fire if they do not stop.

And yet good people must persevere - must work together to overcome such obstacles and build a better world. To summarize:

"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
― Isaac Asimov, Foundation
"I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before any one even at the cost of your life."
― Mahatma Gandhi
"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love."
― Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
― Albert Einstein
"You must be the change you want to see in the world."
― Mahatma Gandhi
"The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. Because of indifference one dies before one actually dies."
― Elie Wiesel
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
― Winston Churchill

 

 

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