Only warriors can choose pacifism; all others are condemned to it." - Unknown
In life, are you the kind of person who values being able to make choices and having many available options? Or are you the kind of person who enjoys being condemned to act a certain way or to be a certain thing? I value choices. I like having options. When it comes to violence, a warrior is the only one who has choices. As a warrior, I can choose pacifism and I can refuse to fight. Conversely, should things go wrong, I have another option: I can fight. Only warriors are true pacifists because they can do the very thing that ensures that pacifism will win the day: they can be violent.
A non-warrior pacifist has no choices. They have no options. They are pacifists because they must be. They have not the skills, the heart or the mind for fighting. Therefore, their stance carries no real nobility. Do we call a person noble who acts out of compulsion? Let me put it another way: If the only thing you could do when someone asked for help was to give help, would you be noble? If I came up to you and said "I need help jumping my car" and you were magically compelled to help anyone who asked for it, would you be noble? No. You aren't helping me because you choose to, you are helping me because you are forced to. Nobility can exist only where there is freedom to choose its opposite: ignobility. Therefore, when a warrior chooses pacifism or ends a fight before it begins, he/she has done a noble thing. Because the warrior could have done otherwise. He/she could have chosen to hurt, maim or kill the other person. But they chose not to. They chose pacifism.
Non-warriors can only be pacifists. They don't choose it for its nobility, they choose it because they have no other choice. If the person they are debating suddenly attacks them shouting, "I don't care about your pacifist principles. I'm going to kill you!" The pacifist is in serious trouble unless a warrior comes by to help them. If someone were to do the same to a pacifistic warrior, the warrior can choose option B: to fight. In other words, if diplomacy fails, the warrior can engage in combat. For pacifists, if diplomacy fails and a fight ensues, they are quick to look around for someone who isn't a pacifist to lend them aid.
If you choose the warrior path, you will then have two options: To be a pacifist, or to be a fighter - depending on what is dictated. If you choose pacifism without being a warrior, then you are condemned to that path alone and can make no other choice regardless of the circumstances or situation.
Which path you choose is up to you. Again, if you value freedom, choices and options, you would be wise to choose the warrior path. If you don't value having freedom, choices and options, then you may just choose the path of pacifism. Choose wisely. I'll leave you with a hypothetical scenario and I'll let you decide which person you'd rather be in this scenario, the warrior, or the pacifist:
You are sitting on your favorite sofa watching your favorite TV show in your home. It has been a long day at work and you are glad you get to sit down and finally relax a little. Suddenly, a brick comes smashing through your living room window. You see three men in masks storming through the broken window and you hear one of them say "You two handle him (pointing at you) and I'll go find the little girl (meaning your daughter)". You misplaced your cell phone and the two men will be upon you within seconds. The one is already angling off in the direction of the bedrooms where your daughter lies sleeping. You can see it in the eyes of your soon-to-be attackers that they intend to do you great harm, and maybe even kill you. You shudder to think about what they will do to your daughter and how they know that you have a daughter in the first place. What would you rather do? Begin a lecture about the immorality of violence and their actions? Or fight them off until you and your daughter are safe and the attackers are arrested? Could you live with yourself if they beat you nearly to death and kidnapped your daughter or son? The sad part is that you may not have to because they might kill you and then kidnap your daughter or son. In this moment, which person would you rather be? The warrior or the pacifist?
Live in the battleground,
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