Is violence spiritual?
I believe violence is the absolute antithesis of our most cherished virtues: love, compassion and forgiveness.
When you love someone, you embrace them and kiss them, you do not punch them, kick them, bite them, stab them or shoot them; when you feel compassion for someone, you wish to help them, not harm them; and when you forgive someone, you release the thirst for vengeance and wish them happiness and health.
Violence may be necessary on occasion but it has absolutely nothing to do with love, compassion or forgiveness.
I think rather that violence is a lack of the spiritual. It is a fear-based reaction of a fight or flight mechanism in the brain that needs to be tempered with rational thought and knowledge of consequences to have any place in civilized society.
Gandhi said, "I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent." I am no Gandhi. I'd do my best to kill a person who was physically attacking a loved one of mine. I could live with myself for having killed on those terms and would accept the consequences.
Violence may be religious for some sects, but not spiritual.
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