Too often in common conversation the phrase "Violence doesn't solve anything" is used as an argument against the use of force or violence to achieve a goal. Unforunately for the pushers of this idea it's simply not true. We can't even have an honest discussion about the establishment of our Country (U.S.) without having an honest discussion about Violence.
My opinion is superbly aligned with Robert A. Heinlein who said
"Anyone who clings to the historically untrue and thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never settles anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte
and the Duke of Wellington
and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler
could referee and the jury might well be the Dodo
, the Great Auk
, and the Passenger Pigeon
, naked force
, has settled more issues in history than has any other factor, and the contrary opinion
is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms
Violence is not only a natural part of our Human History, but it's essential to our survival. I'm not suggesting that we need to religiously embrace violence like the Spartans but an honest look at Violence would, in my opinion, help us to understand ourselves better. More importantly though, I think we need to stop teaching and preaching the fraudulent idea that Violence is wrong or that it "Doesn't solve anything" becase it's dishonest at best.
Does violence solve anything?