this went thru my mind (on violence)


V-for-violenceCapital punishment: Death Row Diary Offers a Rare Glimpse into a Morbid World

“His last words were, ‘Set me free!’ and his soul is indeed free now.”

Corporal punishment: Put Down the Paddle

” … in my experience, corporal punishment in the school shapes neither character nor conduct. It’s administered by someone with whom the student likely has no heart-to-heart relationship. It thus lacks the emotional component which might compel a student to better living out of respect for or love for the one with the paddle. The only power the paddle possesses at school is its capacity for physical harm. … Perhaps most importantly, corporal punishment in school is the easy way out. It requires no skill and no creativity. It demands no attention to the uniqueness of the student and the specifics of the circumstances prompting the disciplinary action.”

Military service & suicide: At A Texas Base, Battling Army’s Top Threat: Suicide

“Suicide killed more American troops last year than combat in Afghanistan, and that is likely to be the case again this year. According to the Pentagon, there were in 2012, compared with in the same period. Historically, the suicide rate in the military has hovered around half the civilian rate. But in 2004 that changed: the rate doubled, and now it’s on track to overtake the civilian rate.”

Pacifism: In [Muhammad] Ali’s Voice From the Past, a Stand for the Ages

“Ali’s actions changed my standard of what constituted an athlete’s greatness. Possessing a killer jump shot or the ability to stop on a dime was no longer enough. What were you doing for the liberation of your people? What were you doing to help your country live up to the covenant of its founding principles?”

Persecution: The Persecution of Christians in Syria

“…  that which escapes the attention of many is that in Syria there is a massacre of the Christian population.”

War: Rand Paul: Jesus was Anti-War

“‘I can recall no utterance of Jesus in favor of war or any acts of aggression,’ Paul said at a kickoff luncheon for the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference. ‘In fact, his message to his disciples was one of non-resistance.'”

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