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From Warrior to Peace Officer

Updated on September 19, 2017

Warriors generally get killed.

Dying on the battlefield or suffering from PTSD can be avoided by not being a Warrior.
Dying on the battlefield or suffering from PTSD can be avoided by not being a Warrior.

Everyone has Freewill, Use It.

Everyone is an individual with freewill. Everyone gets to choose how they live. This is to suggest we teach our children to mature out of "warrior" behavior" to "officer behavior."

Here are a few Principles:

1. People do not trust authority from far away.

2. The Military/Warriors, even from the same country, is perceived to be "far away."

3. Local Police Officers are trusted because they are near the people and more accountable.

4. Local Police ARE the people and the people Are the Police.

Therefore use Local Police to make arrests rather than military, even from the same country.

Parents often use religious teachings as a guide in training their children. The problem with the major religions is they teach "warrior" behavior: fight for your country or for religious principles. Governments come and go. Governments align and realign, but Human Life is Sacred.

In Hinduism, Arjuna fights and kills his own family to impose his religious principles.

In Judaism & Christianity, Joshua fights and kills men women and children to establish Israel.

In Islam, Mohammad (PBUH) declares it is OK to fight and kill defensively. Killing is not defensive. However I perceive Mohammad (PBUH) began the first Use of Force Policy.

It is time for a change. Teach children to become "Officers" instead of "Warriors." This occurs with a shift of intent from," Kill the enemy," to "Arrest the citizen." Warriors kill; officers arrest without harm.

We as common people should not fight, kill or harm at all. Teach our children to walk away from a fight. Get smart, there is always another way. We can see most trouble coming, so get out of the way!

Everyone has freewill in how they act and what groups they join. Raise children in organizations which teach Peace Among All People. There is no separation among people. National boundaries are for convenience and are not to be used to justify violence. We are all One.

Officers are trained in Non-lethal force.

The intent of a Peace Officer is to control without harm.
The intent of a Peace Officer is to control without harm.

Local Officers use the least amount of Force.

Local Officers use the least amount of force to control violent citizens and do not intend to harm the citizen. Every society has citizens who violate the law. Officers are trained in the use of force to control these citizens.

We now have "Anti-bullying" rules which are a step in the right direction. The idea is not to fight the bully, but to report him. As we become adults we have the same problem in society, bullies. Officers have been trained to deal with these social bullies or criminals using the least amount of force.

After 20 years as a peace officer and as a state certified instructor and having taught hundreds of officers on the Use of Force, I have come to the conclusion that "Lethal Force" is Not needed.

The first principle in the Use of Force is: use the least amount of force to control the person. Officers are never taught to harm the person, just control him. If outmanned or facing unwinnable odds, the officer is taught to call for backup and maneuver out of harms way.

What does a bully want? Money, power, property? Let him have it. Use deception, have a fake wallet or cell phone to give him. Out-smart the criminal and walk away. Many self defense courses exist who teach people how to avoid criminals.

There are many forms and levels of mental illness.

Use caution, the person may be mentally ill.
Use caution, the person may be mentally ill.

The Mentally Ill need special attention.

A discussion of how to deal with the mentally ill would take volumes. For this article it is important to realize about HALF of all Americans will experience a mental disorder if we include old age.

If we do not include old age, about 20% (1 in 5) of people have some form of diagnosable mental health disorder. There are 1.5 times more suicides than homicides. Mental illness is pervasive in society. Realize the person you are dealing with may have some form of mental illness.

The "Control Paradox" states: by using a less physical, less authoritative, less confrontational less controlling approach you end up having more control and authority over the person in a mental health crisis.

Summary of statement by National Law Enforcement Policy Center:

Officers should survey the situation to gather information and avoid hasty and potentially counterproductive decisions and actions.

Officers should avoid approaching the subject until a degree of rapport has ben developed.

All attempts should be used to communicate with the person by allowing him to vent.

Do not rush the person or crowd his personal space.

If he is waving his fists or a knife or yelling, adopt a non-threatening, non-confrontational stance.

Emotional or violent outbursts are often of short duration. Let the outburst dissipate.

The above techniques may be applied to people who are Not mentally ill.

The mentally ill person is Not your enemy, the mental illness is.

Become trained in Non-lethal force.

Learn the restraint used by a Peace Officer.
Learn the restraint used by a Peace Officer.

Train Children as Peace Officers.

War and violence are inevitable only to those who love to fight. Peaceful people avoid war and violence. It is all a projection of self.

As parents, become trained in the use of force and then train your children. Audit a Use of Force and Crisis Intervention Course with local law enforcement. Deadly force is not needed.

Fighting, killing and dying for religious principles or for your country is Terrorism. Do not be a "Warrior," but become a, "Peace Officer."

Follow a Peaceful Ideal and examples.

Conclusion, Do Not Fight at All.

On or about January 18, 2016 Pope Francis spoke to a Synagogue saying, "Violence by man against man is in contradiction with any religion worthy of that name." Let us embrace this idea and institutionalize it,

Put Human Life above Land Value and do not fight at all.

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    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      The idea is to report the bully and stay out the his way. Let the local authorities handle it. Do not place yourself in a dangerous situation.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Jay---In society where guns are glamorized like some fetishes, and toys, video-games, and movies are activating the violent gene in young people---plus---where government is playing bully tactics in its foreign politics, what else to expect?

      Of course, I do agree with you---we have to serve as examples and inspire others to take a peaceful path in life. The only question remains who is willing to follow our example---or example of some "cool dude from a video game who showed those wimps that they are not fit for this tough world".

      I don't know the solution. You can't stop producers of guns and the rest, because it's business-over-values world. And you can't tell the government how to run their foreign affairs.

      Maybe you can install a bunch of cameras in the school, and tell teachers to report every kid showing signs of emotional instability.

      But to count on succeeding to convert a violent kid to a peaceful one---I am not so sure there. Even those hard core criminals who have served time in jail, don't change.

      Maybe a psychology of ridiculing would help, if students were given some lectures about "bullies being pitiable losers compensating their weaknesses by bullying".

      I mean, as long as a potential bully builds an image for himself of a "hero", he is dangerous---but with a prospects of turning out "pitiable and pathetic", he may not want to end up like that.

      Well, it's just an off-hand idea, but I have no clue what to do about this issue.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      "To those whose level of spiritual awareness spontaneously dictates peace, no teachings are necessary---and to those who are subconsciously ruled by animalistic tendencies, no teachings are possible."

      I agree with you in large measure, however I believe the purpose and destiny of souls is to improve themselves. I believe we have a duty to teach a higher level of thought. The soul must change itself, but the soul has a better opportunity for growth with good examples.

      On a more practical level we, are to teach anti-bullying at a young age and how to use force (escalating scale) to adults.

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      Vladimir Karas 

      5 months ago from Canada

      Jay---To those whose level of spiritual awareness spontaneously dictates peace, no teachings are necessary---and to those who are subconsciously ruled by animalistic tendencies, no teachings are possible.

      Parents may teach non-violence to their kids, but if the kid has in his genetic program this tendency to be violent, he will pick up the "teachings" of the street.

      There are many examples of perfect parenting which didn't produce desired results.

      And there are those examples of violent parents who never passed their destructive behavior onto their kids.

      People are much more complex than generalizing about them would reveal. As for those religious teachings, whether Hindu or Christian or any other---religious awareness is always a subject to individual interpretation. It is not that the objective validity of teaching automatically predicts behavior of the believer. So it's useless to talk what this or that religion is recommending or demanding.

      To those with spiritual inclinations all religious practices and rituals are unnecessary, because such a person will modify and refine his belief system through his intimate detaching from ego and from his animalism which is primarily gravitating around survival and its strategies. He will be guided from within, not from any holy books.

      Well, I am talking from experience of a long time meditator, practitioner of self-hypnosis and other self-advancing modalities and disciplines---not labeling myself as this or that follower of any teachings in existence.

      But, I am perfectly fine with your explanations, on a certain level they are useful to certain kind of folks---and all in all I really like your article, which you wrote quite well. You are a good writer, Jay.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      5 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Yes, Lisa Jane, and we should use the Least Amount of Force while making the arrest. We should never have the intent to kill, but to arrest without harm. There are devices such as: batons, chemical weapons and Tasers for arrest without killing.

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      Lisa Jane 

      5 months ago from Washington

      I love this article. We should kill less and arrest people more.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      6 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you, My Esoteric Man.

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      My Esoteric 

      6 months ago from Keystone Heights, FL

      Loved it, Jay!

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      9 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you Anna.

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      Anna Watson 

      9 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      I would like to recommend the book "The End of War" by Joe Horgan. I believe that you would enjoy it.

    • Anna Watson profile image

      Anna Watson 

      9 months ago from Atlanta, GA

      Very good article, Jay.

      I've always loved that Pope Francis quote that you included.

      I'd like to add:

      I used to train dogs, I never used any tool except for a training clicker. Once I had a particularly large dog who was undergoing behaviour modification for unruly behaviour towards other dogs. After we had spent a few weeks covering the basics, we met in public to work with him around his trigger--other dogs.

      For a second before meeting them I had the brief thought that I should stop and buy an air horn or pepper spray in case there was an incident. I opted against that. If i had something like that then I would be tempted to use it. I was the human in charge of the situation, if I couldn't use my brain (I may not be smart, but surely I'm more rational than a dog!), if I couldn't reason my way out of a potentially tense situation, then I had no business being in charge.

      This was years ago, but every time I hear a leader rattle their sabers i think of that moment.

      The ability to feel anger is not in our forebrain, our ability to reason is. If our leaders aren't using their God-given rationality then they don't need to be leaders. If we have weapons we'll use them. Violence is used by people to angry and to lazy to think. We should demand more from those in authority.

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      Donna Suthard 

      21 months ago

      Excellent Hub is well-written and I just shared to my facebook. I know as a child because of growing up with abuse in our household, I was traumatized by the violence that went on most of the the time in my childhood due to a parent's alcoholism.. I would also comment, if we continue to discipline our children with hitting, then they too will hit others! We must teach children a new way, time outs works well.. when my own son hit a child with a toy bull dozer, I threw his bull dozer away in the trash at a daycare.. He never forgot that I threw away his treasured toy! Thank you Jay for sharing this!

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Well I suppose we are at an end.

      I believe forgiveness is the way out of Karma and you do not. I believe we are condemned only if we condemn. Please read the Book of Mathew.

      I believe we judge ourselves in a mirror held by God. This is based on Research on NDEs. See, Hub, "GOD DOES NOT CONDEMN, we judge ourselves in a mirror held by God."

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      9 is right with exceptions

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      3 and 4 are also not right. Karma balance cannot just go away by forgiving and by forgiving who. We do not judge oursleves god does. So now we can judge oursleves in the afterlife? I do not think so and where is the proof of your thories.

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      I do mot agree with 5 because you are subject to the laws of karma and those who had ndes were saw light and thought it was heaven. While I belive that if you do bad karma then you reincarnate as a human again to learn your lesson. Liberation is a long process ib hinduism.

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      No I do not agree with 7 and 8 As Arjuna was right in doing so I suggest that you read geeta so that you can get it. Let us agree to disagree. I have not been a peace officer but I know why Arjuna did it.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      So do we agree on the following?

      1. Karma exists.

      2. We are spiritual beings.

      3. Forgiveness overrides Karma.

      4. We judge Ourselves in the afterlife.

      5. The light being/Spirit/God accepts us and does Not judge us. See Near Death Experiences.

      6. We are not to harm ourselves or another person.

      7. In the story, Arjuna killed family members.

      8. It is wrong to kill family members.

      9. There are many options for control besides killing.

      Agree or disagree?

      Have you ever been a peace officer? Have you ever arrested anyone? What experience do you have controlling others without harming them?

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      In hinduism there is either rebirth or liberation. Yoga is meant to liberate the human soul. I suggest that you learn the basics of hinduism first before saying that it teaches violence. And also google why nikola tesla, albert einstein and others quantum physicts loved vedanata which is the knowldge of vedas. Hanuman chalisa predicted the distance between earth and sun thosuands of years ago so if these sages were not enlightend then how did they tell the accuarte distance between earth and sun. It was a common held belief in hinduism that the world is millions of years old. Hinduism agrees with many things on science and scientists have later verified the findings there are sevral such cases. But I can not tell you all of them as they are too many. One more we chant a mantra 108 times and the amazing fact is that the distance between earth and sun is 108 times the sun's diameter. Goggle why a mantra is chanted 108 times. Scientists verify that gayatri mantra creates more brain activity then anything else. I can say numerous such things but I think it is enough for now.

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      God didnot asked Arjuna to kill innocent children and women so your argument is baseless. Second in hindu dharma there are rules of war and children and women are not part of wars.

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      Hindusim is not based on a single book. It is based on vedas, puranas, geeta and so on. Shiva who is another aspect or god a cosmic allegory teached yoga to the seven sages and they slowly spread it. Yoga aims to unite a person with god. Non-violence is the very essence of Hinduism which you fail to understand because your limited knowldge on the religion. Killing of even an animal is prohibted in hinduism. What happened in geeta shows that god took form to deliver justice as injustice was reiging supreme. Yoga is adopted by the entire world now but they are only practising one aspect and you made me say this. Yoga has 8 aspects. Yama(ethics) niyama ( rules) asana ( exeercises), pranayma ( breath control) prathyaharna( loss of worldy senses) , dhrana, dhyana and smadhi which are stages of mind in meditation. Only asanas and a little bit of meditation is practised now. What are the niyamas. Yama contains the non violence along with some others such as truth. You can google eight limbed yoga. Your understanding of this religion is not like me and you can not ever understand geeta just by quoting some lines and judging god himself. Hinduism never teached violence and geeta is not teached to kids it is teached to adults so that they can understand it in its entirety. Please do not tell me about karma I knew about karma from a very young age. Karma was also founded in hindism. Hindusim teaches compassion towards all and has been doing so for more than 10000 years.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      We need to analyze books and stories based on what precedent they set. Renounce the old archaic way of killing each other for a better way... move out of the way of violence. Learn to forgive and not judge and you will override Karma.

      We seem to agree to the following:

      1. We are spirit beings capable of living in an afterlife.

      2. Karma exists and will not be done away with.

      What I am trying to say is you do not have to stay within Karma. Override it with compassion, love, understanding and being nonjudgmental. All negative emotion is a Projection of yourself. God/Krishna does Not judge, we judge ourselves.

      Read more widely. Read the story of Joshua and look for parallels to Arjuna. Read Matthew, Mark and Luke. What does it say to you?

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      To set a better precedent you can not rewrite history and I have not read the bible yet so I can not say what jesus actually teaches. So you want to rewrite all religious books to set a better precedent. I know because thats how things happend India for many years and I have several other reasons to belive it as there are confirmed scientific discoveries in those texts. Bhagwad geeta is not teaching to kill anyone but it is teaching that justice is served by god when the time comes. Do not try to change religious books based on your limited understanding just because you think that the book is teaching violence that does not means that it is teaching violence.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      To what scenarios do you refer?

      Let us look at proof, not belief. According to research on near death experiences (NDEs), we judge ourselves as in a mirror. See "Near Death Experiences and What They Mean."

      Wait, an enlightened sage wrote the book? How do we know he was enlightened?

      In the end, let us look at the precedent which is set. Arjuna teaches children to kill for a cause. Jesus teaches to love your enemy, or do not have enemies. All bad acts will be judged by you in the afterlife. Which is the better precedent?

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      These are two different scenarios and yes I believe that Krishna is god himself and geeta was not written on the orders of arjun. A enlightened sage wrote it as it was important for humanity. I do not preach violence or practise violence of any kind but I will have to disagree with the part where you think that mere ordinary mortal wrote religious books so that they could justify killing others.

    • Jay C OBrien profile imageAUTHOR

      Jay C OBrien 

      2 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      Here are your two points as I understand them.

      1. First, I am glad you agree we should not teach children violence. That is exactly my purpose. Books which depict heroes as violent set false ideals for children. It is not just religious books which do this, but history books as well. I have applied the nonviolent concept to American history and explained alternatives to violence. Please see, "How would Jesus see the Gettysburg Address," "What do we know about the Alamo, and "Patrick Henry and Mental Health."

      Second, our lives continue into another plain of existence. Our energy bodies survive. God/Allah/Krishna does NOT punish you, YOU punish you. See, "GOD DOES NOT CONDEMN, we judge ourselves in a mirror held by God."

      Third, do not enmesh yourself in the blood feud of others (Syria). Do not take sides. It will be sorted out, but not in this world. The world is a big place, stay out of the troubled areas. Syria is a trap, do not enter into it.

      2. Arjuna killed his brothers under the false belief he had a duty to kill. There is No Duty/Dharma to kill or be violent to anyone!

      Alternatively, Arjuna killed his brothers to gain political power and ordered a scribe to justify his actions. See "The Book of Joshua" from the Bible. The same action scenario occurred.

      Did The Lord order Joshua to kill Men and Women, Young and Old?

      Is Arjuna = Joshua?

      Is Krishna = The Lord?

      Did The Lord fight for Israel?

      For proof of my thesis see, "Near Death Experiences and What they Mean." The being of light we meet upon "death" does Not judge us....... We Judge Ourselves! All judgment is a projection of self, so stop judging. Karma (tit for tat) is overcome by not judging to the extent of creating negative emotions. You may remain in Karma with your teaching. I am suggesting a way out.

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      Obviously this hub is useful but you wrote that Arjuna killed his brothers please also state why and on whose command according to geeta. Do the same with other religious things that you mention? No releigion is teaching violence they are just teaching tit for tat. Please mention the context in which Mohammad said that. Is it to kill defesively or offensively.

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      Abhimanyu gaur 

      2 years ago

      Ok but still there are exceptional cases when violence has to be used. Obviously there is no reason to teach children violence but religious books have been like this for thousands of years and they give a message that wrong doers shall be punished. I will ask you again so what shall be done with terrorists in syria. Many countries are attacking syria so what shall be done. Should they stop so that they terrorists start killing innocents again or should they try negotiating with the terrorists. Just answer this one for me. Thanks

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      Donna Suthard 

      2 years ago

      Jay, this is the best article I have ever read, totally informative..totally relevant to everyone across the world..what a beautiful gift to share with all of us..I am so happy to read this highly intelligent article!! Violence is totally abhorrent to all of us!!

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