In these quiet moments before others rise and the festival of Christmas gets under way, I find myself pondering the nature of peace and pacifism.
I ask this question from a spiritual/philosophical point of view, rather than a political one.
Is pacifism an ideal to which we should aspire, not to fight under any circumstances? (I think of the conscientious objectors who entered the battle fields under enemy fire carrying stretchers and bandages rather than weapons.)
Or are there times when even the most ardent lover of peace must needs take up arms and fight?
In ancient and lawless China, was old Bodhidharma right to teach his monks Kung Fu as well as meditation?
For the record – I’m English.
What wise and beautiful thoughts are here expressed.
The way I have squared this particular circle for myself is by considering the amount of harm I might do in any given circumstances.
If, for example, by violently subduing a violent man I can prevent his victim from being raped, then I would see it as my duty to do so.
And so, when Hitler started his rape Europe, I believe it was right to use force of arms to, (eventually), overcome him.
And now it is my pleasurable duty to choose a best answer.
Pleasurable but not easy. :-))