Freakzilla wrote: Eyes High wrote: SadisticCynic wrote:
So when its the first
response is that the response of a genius or an idiot?
So you don't think a first strike is ever justified?
Freak, you asked a very interesting and poignant question. I hope I have given this enough thought and that my response is coherent.
I do not consider myself a pacifist so to say, as in there are situations and circumstances that, in my opinion, do require a forceful response. But in the question of first strike… Well, I think I would have to go with no. When a human being makes the first physical move toward violence then that individual has basically said that further intelligent debate and negotiation is beyond all hope.
Now before anyone goes into the case of self-defense let me say that I believe if it truly comes down to self-defense then that means the other person has already made the first strike. If someone messes with my children, then they have made the first strike. When someone has entered my home with-out my permission, they struck first. If I am touched without my ok, then the first blow has already been dealt. If an individual or group threatens my family then if that threat is valid (in my mind) then the first strike has already been made, whether that threat was physical or only a verbal promise of physical harm to come.
I do consider myself to be a kind, calm, and peaceful person. I do try to be friends with nearly everyone, even though I know that is impossible because not everyone will like me nor I them. I have been in fights and altercations before, mainly in my younger days, but I do not consider myself a violent person. Violence rarely, if ever, truly solves the problem that created the situation to begin with. I’ll be among the first to admit that I am capable of having a fine Irish temper, but I would hope that I allow that temper to rule me less and less as I age and, hopefully, mature.
So do I believe is there ever a justifiable reason to strike first? I would have to say it depends on your definition of “strike.” As for me and my definition, then I would have to say that at this point and time I cannot imagine a situation that would justify being the one to strike first. It is never a clear case of get him before he can get me. Life is just not that simple.
Well that is my two cents worth for this round.
Have a nice day everyone.
Now with that said, where’s my weapons?!