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POLL: Are You Now or Have You Ever Been a Pacifist?


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Laughing Ferret Inactive Member writes:

I'm not a complete pacifist, but I'm very low on the violent or aggressive scale. I think of violence as a last resort in the true sense: do anything else that has a reasonable chance first, and minimum violence required if used, but it is an option. A true case of 'lesser of two evils': sometimes the only choices available are evil, so picking the lesser is the best option.

To allow great evil to happen because a person doesn't want to commit a lesser evil act, and so chooses inaction is a cop-out to my way of thinking. To stand on 'the other person did great evil, but at least I am good because I did not do any evil' is delusion. Having the power to prevent evil and not doing it is an evil. Inaction can be just as evil as action because all choices have an effect on others.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Would never hurt a living thing, but have killed plastic and lead figures for fun for many years.
54
4%
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Would kill an intruder into my house or attackers hurting my family.
235
18%
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Would be willing to put someone to death for a horrible murder, on a jury.
164
12%
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Would join my national army to fight an invasion.
196
15%
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Would join my national army to fight the Nazis or the moral modern equivalent.
114
9%
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Am a current military or former military person
112
8%
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I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die.
32
2%
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I am a psychopath, and would kill you if I could get my hands on you- right now.
12
1%
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I would use reasonable force to stop an attacker/intruder
185
14%
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sometimes violence is the only answer
192
14%
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I am a former Pacifist
13
1%
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other (explain)
32
2%
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POLL DESCRIPTION

peterx Supporting Member of TMP asks...

I am currently a pacifist and have been for 35 years, yet I love wargames and have for 40 years or so. How many of you out there are in this boat?