” Violence is never the answer , until it’s the only answer .”
It’s a quote from someone called Stefan Grant. At first I thought it was one of those manly man self aggrandizing quotes but then it got me thinking about how many people are truly harmless in this context.
Words by Martin Luther King Jr . (1929–1968) used the phrase when saying: Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.
Though acts of violence are at least prima facie wrong, circumstances can arise where, even in democracies, some of them are morally justified .
“the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, that either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation.”
According to Zimet, King wrote the note after someone asked him what he believed was the meaning of love . The note reads, ” Love is the greatest force in the universe. It is the heartbeat of the moral cosmos. He who loves is a participant in the being of God.”
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. In fact, violence merely increases hate
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963.
As Self-Defense. The most plausible justification of violence is when it is perpetrated in return of other violence . If a person punches you in the face and seems intentions to keep doing so, it may seem justified to try and respond to the physical violence .
If you justify an act of violence by saying that you are in a fight and are therefore fighting back, the justification is a bad one if you are not entitled to take yourself to be in a fight. Fighting back is justified relative to a practice of being in a fight, but is only absolutely justified if that practice is.
Violence often diminishes the power of those who employ it, necessitating the use of more violence in an attempt to gain or maintain control. Violence rarely creates power . In fact, groups or individuals that use violence often find their actions diminish what power they do have.