Pacifism: Nonviolence and Br

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Pacifism is the belief that violence is not the way to resolve differences. They believe that war can be avoided and that there are better and longer lasting solutions to disputes. <br> <br>There are, however, various categories of ‘pacifist'. A ‘total pacifist' is someone who completely avoids violence and believes it can never be justified, not even in self-defence or to protect others – this they see as the only morally correct view of war. A relative pacifist is someone who may use violence in certain situations but who supports disarmament. They are discriminating about WW1 but agree that WW2 had to be fought. Nuclear pacifists believe that conventional weapons are acceptable as a last resort if war is inevitable, as it is, but…show more content…
Yet, throughout the Old Testament, there are numerous examples supporting acts of extreme violence and destruction, seeming contradictory. <br> <br>The pacifism view does have a number of weaknesses. People believe that if we do not fight for what is right, we run the risk of being bullied. As stated by Rev George Herbert, "he that makes a good war makes a good peace", showing that war can sometimes bring peace. Passive resistance does not work in the face of true evil, as who knows what genocide would have happened had no one stood up to and fought Hitler's forces. Theoretically perhaps, pacifism would stop a lot of suffering, but it is thought to be impractical in the real world where violence is a fact of life. Also, one has to think would it be morally right to stand by and watch while our families or the weak suffer? <br> <br>In conclusion, I think that although pacifism seems a good strategy to adopt as to cease suffering in the world, it is not very practical in today's society. <br> <br>I do, however, believe pacifists are very courageous sticking to their principles, despite all action taken against them or criticism. As quoted, "it takes a braver man to walk away than to seek revenge". I do think some negotiation could be considered, as extreme pacifism may be difficult to support, there should be more thought put into

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