02-28-2008, 10:07 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
It is very curious that the very first post I read on your blog would be this one. It is curious because just this day we had a similar conversation in class... Not exactly the subject of murder, no, nor of God's supposed blame for our sins. We did discuss a bit on the influence of Religion in war, but "it" being used as simply a set of ideals that certain people wish to follow. I'd have to agree that God allows us to learn from our own mistakes (even people that are not Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, etc., still follow, most of the times, superior beings that let them that freedom...). Anyway that's not exactly wath I wanted to point exactly. I won't go deeper in the influence of Religion in wars... more specifically the influence of the church. I'm studying within a highly political-oriented class, so such debates could go nasty. No, what I rather found peculiar was the following statement: Most people would agree on this statement. I, as a martial artist, would want nothing more than such a thing occurring... but I also believe that when the world is finally at peace, is when it is dead. It sounds cruel, but I know that is the truth. All living beings seek to survive. Even us, humans. Some of us who have a more favorable life than many of those others suffering from horrible fates still do have that need to survive. Still do need that need to survive. Why? Because otherwise we would fall in depression and see no point in living. And I know what I'm talking about, because I've felt it. If we don't have something that we love... if we don't have something to protect (may not only be people, but anything; just like ideals), then we don't have any meaning. I believe that Steve's blog (and perhaps your blog, but I haven't checked it all through yet) has mentioned the issue of purpose. If we want to live fully we need a purpose. But anyway, that's not the point. The point is that if we have such a purpose, then we need to defend it will everything we've got. And if we need to defend it, then we need to be ferocious for it. Even if we're pacifists! Pacifists still fight for what they believe in! Just in that sense alone I believe that violence is a necessity. An evil necessity, but one none-the-less. And that is perhaps why God let's so much evil creep into the world, because otherwise if one doesn't fight for all those things valuable to us, then they won't have any meaning at all. They'd be as good as dead. I don't know if I explained myself clearly, and I bet a lot of people will disagree with me on this... but this is truly what I believe in, because I've lived it myself. But even so it would be nice if these things didn't happen... Nice article, anyway! My first one was such a short one and it made me think a bunch of stuff. Gotta check the rest of your blog! I bet I'll find a lot of great things!
I expect that one day people will stop seeing violence as a solution to a problem.