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All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power. Options
Daemon
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All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Lani
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It's rather Human.
KAMRAMNA
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Sounds good ... but in My Opinion its a bunch of malarkey. And Daemon, please don't take points from me for expressing MY opinion. Thank you!
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The force of argument not the argument of force. Sounds familiar, though sometimes, when we look around, it just seems to sound a bit quirky, too.
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Emerson advocates Pacifism, a philosophy whose exponents include Christ, Buddha, and Gandhi among many others. Those who dismiss Pacifism as "malarkey" and quixotic nonsense without practical effect should note:

"An iconic image of pacifism came out of the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 with the "Tank Man", where one protester stood in nonviolent opposition to a column of tanks. Historians have identified that event as being a key motivation that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall which ultimately precipitated the nonviolent fall of Communism. The Arab Spring movement is a current example where pacifist methods have been used."

See the lengthy Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacifism

Emerson is saying violence, seemingly powerful, actually springs from powerlessness.
RubyMoon
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CHARACTER. - Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 10 (Lectures and Biographical Sketches) [1909]

Here's the link -
http://oll.libertyfund.org/?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=1960&chapter=123050&layout=html&Itemid=27
FounDit
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Arab Spring — pacifist?
Seems I recall watching as property was destroyed, buildings smashed, cars set ablaze; watched an interview of a female reporter who was gang-raped, heard reports of Christians being persecuted and killed. Someone has an odd sense of pacifism.

A great many people will think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. ~ William James ~
Jimbob
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Lectures and Biographical Sketches by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
When a man, through stubbornness, insists to do this or that, something absurd or whimsical, only because he will, he is weak ; he blows with his lips against the tempest, he dams the incoming ocean with his cane. It were as unspeakable calamity if any one should think he had the right to impose a private will on others. That is the part of a striker, an assassin. All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power but the absence of power.
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Violence, lets face it has taken hold in society big time in many aspects of life. A few examples television, computer games, and in reality, even walking down the street minding your own business. Ask yourself is Violence glorified perhaps romanticised or just plain old I want what you have ?
A pyramid scheme, the ones at the top could they be imposing there twisted nonsensical views/will on the general public, strangely though they want it ! Supply and demand could be used as a counter argument for imposing a will. Choice is born in us, power to influence is a will that can be imposed on others by others, whereas a good sense of morals and manners maybe seen as something whimsical these days. There is no need for violence (the exception, self-defence against a madman) generally it shows a lack of intelligence much like drunken alcohol behaviour. So at the end of the day, I don’t mind the odd action movie. Anyway just a note, as must dash got to get to work.
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