Let’s talk: is it better to fight violence with violence, or kill them with kindness instead?

It’s the age-old argument that is yet to be answered: should we meet violence with violence, or is it better

It’s the age-old argument that is yet to be answered: should we meet violence with violence, or is it better to react with understanding and a level head.

The argument can be applied to any case and has divided people around the world for centuries.

If someone steals your park should you get out of the car, shake your fist and yell at them, or should you accept it and drive away?

If a child is getting bullied, should they fight back or take the high road?

If terrorists attack a city should you respond by attacking them back, or should you show restraint and find a diplomatic solution?

One of the most obvious cases for this argument today is around the influx of refugees to different countries all around the world.

While the majority of refugees are hard-working citizens who have never been involved in a terrorist act or a crime, many of them are being painted with the same brush as extremists and are faced with hostility and contempt the minute they land in a new country.

There are fears they will not assimilate and will breed ideas of extremism or even bring terrorism to our shores.

Some people are pointing out, however, that the more contempt people are treated with, the more likely they are to feel dissatisfied and turn to anti-social behaviour to deal with these feelings.

If we welcomed refugees with open arms and treated them with kindness, would we be more likely to have a friendly integrated society than if we treat them with contempt?

Some people argue that the world would be a better place if we treated each other with kindness rather than fighting and tinking on our differences as a negative thing.

They say the answer to a better world is to react to violence with a diplomatic approach instead of fighting back.

It’s a concept that applies to many situations and can be argued either way. So it there a one size fits all answer, or does it depend on the circumstances?

Today, we want to know your thoughts on this issue.

Should we respond to violence with violence? Or, should we take the high road and react with kindness instead?

  1. william burton  

    as Christians we have been” turning the other cheek” for far to long,the bombing in Syria to rid us of these animals never went far enough.

  2. Peter  

    Appeasement has neither worked. If the British ans her allies had gone after Hitler and the Nazis right from the get go, before the german war machine had got rolling the world would be a far different place. The only thing socipaths understand is self interest. Hit them hard and keep on hitting them until they go down for good, and if they stick their heads up again, put the boots in and cripple them. As a child I was a bookworm and constantly bullied, I quickly learnt, that the way to get peace and quiet was to fight back and beat the livings out of the bullies, regardless of how much punishment I received during and after the scrap. A bully with a broken arm and throbbing genitalia is no threat.

  3. Jim Mitchell  

    Ask your local copper how far kindness goes with violent offenders and he/she will tell you ” About as far as you can dropkick a bag of cement “. The christian ideals do not work in practice. When you have a 22 year old male person assaulting and robbing an 84 year old gentleman in a shopping centre toilet do you really think that a piece of excretement like that would understand kindness ? Treat people as they treat you was one of the things I was taught as a youngster and that is what has always worked for me.

  4. As always the world of conflict is not as black and white as this article assumes. There is a broad spectrum of situations ranging from when conflict is an appropriate response to situations where tactful diplomacy is the best response.

    I am not fond of oversimplification as has been the case here.

  5. Gillian Hadley  

    The old saying: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. If they kill us we kill them!

  6. Gerry Wilson  

    I don,t think we will have a choice,fight or change your religion,which is no choice

  7. derek still  

    Can you imagine asking Hitler “please don’t march into Poland” or please stop this horrible fighting” He’d laugh as he squashed you beneath a tank track.

    If you are a Christian and insist in turning the other cheek, and are lucky enough to survive, at least remember that Jesus left no instructions about what to do after you’d turned it. You fight violence with violence. It’s not the way we’d LIKE the world to be but it is the way the world is unfortunately. It’s rapidly getting towards the point where WW3 The war on Terror has to get serious. You don’t win wars by being Mr. Politically Correct nice guy.

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