There is no one way to stop unrest and injustice, rather a series of promotion and demonstration in peace. It is an eternal fight, a fight for peace and justice. Many wise leaders have said it best, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” We must practice peaceful alternatives in our home, in our government, and in hearts and minds. Only then will we have true justice where the minority is represented and do not have to result to the most upsetting alternative.
George Orwell’s 1984 successfully demonstrates the institution that controlled society in full. In the 21st century, we as a people do not wish to be controlled by an institution or establishment. We know that total control do not equal to justice and create peace, but stir uproar. Despite intentions, the communist approach to conclude poverty, chaos and injustice is a slavery over homes and hearts. Charlie Chaplin was one to stand up for Love, Peace and Equality. Today we are still vigilant in our pursuit of liberty. At some point, being vigilant in the name of peace gives the authority of violence, but without hatred and with morals and ethics. Today’s society and our history proves that injustice leads to unrest. And the justified unrest can lead to peace.
Is there a just or divine violence to get to peace or is it the pacifistic way of life to gain peace at all levels? I believe Peace is attainable and can be reached from different angles.
Is divine violence a part of vigilance? The Crusades for example, the people fought on behalf of God to reclaim the holy Land and was even led by the Pope himself. Very similar to Moses escaping with his people to the promise land. Only when they reach Canaan it was already home for the Amalekites. In the book of Samuel, we see God give order of destruction for Moses and his people saying, “This is what the Lord says… go attack the Amalekites and destroy everything they have.” 1 Samuel 15:2. Now could this have easily been resolved in a diplomatic conversation? The Amalekites were living off of great thievery and attacked the Israelites whenever they could. The only way the Israelites could live peacefully was without the Amalekites.
The Just War Theory, is under certain circumstances a war is necessary. The theory was created by Saint Thomas Aquinas, and created with conditions: One, war must started by the proper authority. Two, there must be a total need and good reason for going to war. Third, the war must be to the greater good. Fourth, war must be the last resort. And all other peaceful alternatives must have been exhausted. Fifth, there should not be excessive force needed and civilians should not be harmed. Lastly, there must be a great chance of winning. These should be the morals and ethics of our retaliation as a government that ultimately wants peace for the rest of the world. Saint Aquinas was not a war hungry man, but neither was Saint Augustine, both having interconnections with God and big advocates for peace.
Saint Augustine said, “Wars that aimed to punish evil were peaceful acts.” So there is some justification of unrest and violence to obtain peace. I use some because it should be the very last result. Those who may disagree with my claim are those who believe that no response to injustice should be violent in any way.
And it was Dr.King who said, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” This is a statement on Dr.King’s entire movement and a very strong rebuttal to my claim that responding to force with force as the very last alternative. I respect this statement and hold Dr.King’s philosophy close to my heart for he was a very wise and learned man. Today, society and government has come up with more creative ways to demonstrate peace without violence. I will practice his philosophy all the way up until it has failed to get anywhere near peace with an opposing force. I believe that evil can force you to resort to retaliation but it is up to you to have a set of morals and ethics so that your retaliation does not join evil in the darkness.
It was Jesus that said, “All those who draw the sword will die by the sword.” Certainly there are some unpopular values in the world held by a minority that are willing to battle for those values and die, if they must. Shall the sword be symbolism to those who so strongly believe in something, you shall die by it. What Jesus says is not a dismiss to standing for what you live by, in fact you don’t have to be pacifist to still take this quote as fact. We want peace in our homes, government, in our hearts and minds than we shall live by love and die by it, by any means necessary shall we acquire love. We shall live by equality and die by it, by any means necessary shall we acquire equality. We shall remain vigilant, and open minded.