Implacable Opposition

I’m a pacifist at heart.  Not because I don’t like violence, I’m actually a bit fond of it.  Not because I am weak, as I have the will commit intentional harm.  No, I’m a pacifist because I find violence stupid.  It’s stupid to harm another person because we disagree, or don’t believe in the same things, or any of the other two million reasons we routinely use to hurt each other.  It’s stupid that we have to harm people because they wish to do us, or others, harm.  It’s stupid that we glorify violence and violent means as the ultimate option to exercise our viewpoints over others.  Be passionate, be disagreeable, stand firm for your beliefs- but do no harm, if you can.


By Dan Granot

I chose the Shorter Whitman because of his work, "Song of Myself" and because of my self-deprecating sense of humor. I am under no illusion that I can write successful essays or poetry, but I have been known to write them anyway.

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