This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Violence is always wrong

We are now in a position to ask what constitutes violence. Violence involves the abusive imposition of the will on a being, either through a self-centered motive that undermines the good of the beloved, or one that directs the induced subject toward an evil end. If violence is understood in this light, we can say that it is always wrong, if at the same time we keep in mind the multitude of other circumstances in which morally licit inducement might occur.

To recapitulate what has been said, it is not inducement (whether that means coercion or compulsion) that renders force violent, but the relation to goodness of the inducement, as well as the presence or absence of a context of love. There is good self-inducement (including mental self-inducement and physical self-inducement) and there is permissible inducement of others (up to and including physical compulsion), and all these are distinct from violence, which only occurs when we step outside the sphere of love or act without a real knowledge of what love is, from the point of view of spiritual vision.

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