yup. if you arm yourself talk of peace becomes threatening, and aggression usually results. self-defense for me means a right here, right now reaction, not preemptively hording weapons or withholding basics of life from my so-called enemies. when we arm we often find the weapons control us rather than the other way around. sticking your butt in a war does not really make killing self defense, it's a bit different than having a knife at your throat in your own neighborhood. protecting your life is not the same as enforcing it on others.
to take a bullet or not is a sacred decision. if i believed it would save the lives of my loved ones i would lay down my own, and vice-versa, i would probably kill to protect them if it had to be.it has nothing to do with honor or patriotism or religion--just basic survival. i love life and living, i value this gift god has given me as much as freewill and god himself.how could i do otherwise, i'm human.--nicolo
Amyntor, Phillip's son, lies in this Lydian soil.
His hands were full of iron war.
No sickness led him into darkness:
He died holding his shield over a wounded friend.
--Antipater of Sidon c.120bc