Ideally, we would all learn to forgo violence entirely. But ideals have not historically stopped knives, or bullets, or bombs past a certain threshold. They can certainly prevent their use, but until we live in a world where we all diligently strive for a harmonious existence, violence may still rend our skin and shatter our bones.
If soldiers find themselves witnessing the imminent slaughtering of innocents, should we expect them to use words rather than immediate forceful intervention? I envision a world where such an option is effective, where words alone can instantly dispel the rage and fear that fuels violence, but the practical reality is that until these peaceful ideals are proven to reliably work, a person’s life should not be wagered on them.
I propose then that violent action should be strictly reactive. Never proactive. Violence should be the very last, desperate recourse. Used only to counter an immediate moment of distress. It’s purpose should be the instant return to a viably peaceful state for all concerned.