This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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When does inducement become violence?

Having clarified the various forms of inducement we must acknowledge that each of these forms may or may not constitute a type of violence.

They represent, as we have already said, so many ways in which the human will is imposed on a being, whether one’s own being or that of another, and as such they are susceptible to abuse. Insofar as this imposition is abusive, it is reasonable to call it violence.

Thus, violence is the abusive imposition of the will on a being. This holds true for inducement of oneself, since examples of self-abuse are easy to come by. A person who uses his willpower to cut himself with a sharp knife might do so as a matter of self-compulsion for the sake of medical necessity, and might also, under the same self-compulsion, do so as a means of suicide. In one case we are dealing with self-preservation and in another we are dealing with self-abuse, which is to say, violence.

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