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Why do we need violence to transfer power?

Revolutions are some very effective types of mass manipulation through which power changes and shifts. Why do we, humas, hold on to our positions or ideas even if we know we are wrong?


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  • Feb 10 2012: Good point. I wasn't thought of the less tangible forms of violence. Thus, sticks and stones may break my bones, but dammit, words can really hurt...

    I also think that social isolation can be very cruel. There was a girl in my junior high who had been ostracized by all the girls in the school and then eventually most of the boys. I have always felt bad about participating in that even in a small way. When I think about it now, I feel deep shame for my actions (lack of action and backbone) back then and I have vowed to make sure it doesn't happen to anyone I see or know about on my watch. At least that is the ideal, one which I fall short of.

    That said, I feel that men and women bring different thoughts, experiences and wisdom to the table. We would do well to use that combined wisdom, experience and knowledge to our advantage rather than continuing to ignore 50% of our potential because someone else has secondary sexual characteristics that we don't share.

    To use an example from my SWAT background. When not reacting to emergency situations (which were, thankfully, less often than they could have been) I worked with non SWAT officers. There was one female officer who was a genius of spotting concealed weapons at the distance of about 1 city block. It was uncanny. She just knew based on a number of subtle clues such as stance, gait, and the way they presented themselves and how their clothes were hanging on them. Damned if I could get even close to that level.

    Another female officer was very good at defusing situations using words. And I can tell you that not all of the male officers were even half as good as that. It is always better to never have to use violence.

    During the Yukon Gold Rush the entire territory was policed by a few NWMP "mounties" lead by a man called Sam Steele. Rumor has it that he is the foundation of the "one riot, one mountie" ideal. He kept the peace during chaos without backup. We should all be so good at our jobs.

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