Thursday, February 5, 2015

Chris Kyle: A Case For The Difference Between Assertion And Aggression



Song:  Locomotive Breath

Group:  Jethro Tull






The late Chris Kyle...
a man of tremendous honor and courage.


I was, until recently...
participating in an online philosophical discussion group.

Several weeks ago...
a topic had come up for discussion which had involved the movie 'American Sniper'...
and had devolved into multiple nonsensical...well...plainly idiotic replies.

So many in the group had mounted personal attacks 
on the honorable and courageous man that was Chris Kyle...
and by doing so...
they had launched an attack on critical reasoning itself.

For so many of a group who were supposed to have been critical thinkers...
and yet to have been so unreasonable in their statements...
 told me that so many were not only sheep...
they were frauds.

I left the group.

Below are my two replies to the many fallacious attacks on Chris Kyle...
and on the nature of snipers, the military, and the police...
and on the nature of assertion vs aggression.

I shall neither place the numerous attacks by the frauds of that group here...
nor shall I name the particular group in which I used to discuss issues.
That would give them more credence than they deserve.


I simply cut and pasted my two replies below.

It is important to teach children the difference between assertion and aggression.

If you do not...
the sheep of the world will try to convince them 
that being a back biting sheep is the way to live.

One simply cannot think critically and be a back biting sheep.

There are those in this world who are aggressive.
The only way to stop them is through assertion.
As they raise the ante...you must also be able to.
To do otherwise is to have the aggressors win by default.
To do nothing is to ensure your enslavement...
and the enslavement of your children.

This is demonstrated empirically on a daily basis...
and has been so demonstrated throughout history.




Shiroi Tora I think most of you miss the central point of what should be the issue concerning wars and those who fight them. We must speak in general terms...and about wars in concept. First of all, you cannot blame individual soldiers for doing their lawful duty...lawfully. Especially in times of war when so many men have no choice but to serve (however, this is not in anyway saying that those who serve voluntarily are any lesser beings). There are wars which need be fought to prevent hostile actions from evil people or governments. Just as on the elementary school yard, almost all fights are the result of an aggressor finally being stood up to by an asserter. Both are not guilty. The aggressor is guilty, the asserter is simply refusing to be dominated. There are those who wish to dominate...to enslave...to take all of the other's resources. They are the ones who raise the ante to violence...and can only be stopped through courageous actions. I would go so far as to say that most men have had to fight many times in life...not because they wanted to...but because they had to. For those men who have never fought in their lives...I can only say that you either had led exceptionally peaceful lives in an exceptional atmosphere where there were no evil acts...or...you went monkey (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil) and let yourself be bullied and taken advantage of...and had let others suffer as well. You simply cannot make the argument that evil actions...up to and including death...are not perpetrated against the innocent everyday. Even were you to claim that all violence is wrong...you cannot say a person has no right to defend himself, or others, from predation. The problem with this no violence line of non thinking is that all an aggressor has to do to take away everything you own or hold dear...is to simply raise the ante until you are faced with using violence or not being able to protect you and your family. If your way of non thinking were practiced by everyone...and if people never used justifiable violence...then evil would automatically win by default...since you would fold...and ultimately do nothing. It is not necessarily wars which are evil. It is all of those of whom are of evil who sometimes make wars necessary. And it is all those who go monkey who make it easy for predators to prey on others.

Shiroi Tora For those who think a military or police sniper is somehow cowardly or mentally deranged because he shoots without exposing himself or that because he has many kills...no....it just means he is effective. Would you rather have the innocent killed because he failed to take action? Would you rather have all soldiers fight as so many had in the revolutionary war...especially the British...all in neat rows and standing or kneeling in the open instead of using effective cover and concealment? Would you wish that for your son were he drafted? When one does the necessary with great exposure to great personal sacrifice...that is courage. Courage is one of the highest virtues for a reason. It serves that of good, and it serves to righteously (non religious connotation) protect the self, and others. Tyrants, bullies...predators of all types prey upon the sheep of the world. The courageous are the Sheppards protecting their flocks as they know that not all can be courageous. They don't relish the killing...they relish the saving of their flock. It is this in which they take great pride...and rightfully so. No problem. The problem arises when the sheep, who are fat and happy because of the continued actions of the brave, suddenly get brave in words (never in action) and seek to assume heroic status in their flock by denouncing the very brave who gives them the freedom from predation...and who, through their 'bold' words, are effectively biting the Shepard from behind by claiming their very protectors are somehow just as evil as the predators...or at the very least...somehow unfit to stroll among the flock because of some mental defect. How is it that so many think that to have to kill in order to prevent their own unit members, or especially those of the innocent civilians from being killed...is somehow evil? Why do good people have to sometimes kill? It is precisely because life is precious that they have to sometimes kill in order to prevent the innocent from being killed. You must remember one thing...especially in times of war...it is quite simply...humans hunting humans. Most do not want to be there...but through circumstances beyond their control...they must be. Do not blame individual soldiers for doing their duty.





I hope this fully explains the nature of justified violence...
and that of unjustified violence...
and so...
the difference between assertion and aggression.

This is the fundamental difference between good and evil.





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