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I think of pacifists as 1) opposed to using guns, war, violence to settle disputes and 2) preferring use of non-violent means to fight evil rather than vengeance, capital punishment, etc. and I call myself one with some hesitancy.  While I see fighting violence with more violence as both morally wrong /contradictory, and don't believe good can come out of evil, I worry that if evil is not punished, not countered with strong action, then more evil will result. (Note: avoiding war through diplomacy, something pacifists applaud, is the ultimate attitudinal fix.)

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...individual <---> nature

the theme is paired with:  #46B Military Backers  to make Choice #50    in the Choices We Make cards 

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 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

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Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Anti-militarism Pacifism   diplomacy   
arms control non-violent resistance Non-Aggression Principle
Anarcho-Pacifism Peace Churches Shalom (Hebrew concept with connections to peace, well-being
civil resistance conscription  ahimsa (Indian concept related to "do no harm")

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception #16A Culture of Fear   #17A  Bitterness & Vengeance  #22B Imperialism  
#25  Evil is Out There #26B  More is Better Mentality / Abundance #29B Taking Charge==>Violence #37A   Proud Identification & Tribalism  
#46A The Technological Fix Mentality    #204A Freedom From Limits  

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #47B: Pacifism / Non-violence 

Pacifism  (from Importance of Philosophy website)
Links to Organizations, Events Connected with Peace, Pacifism, Non-Violence (from US Pacifist party website)
Nonviolent Links: The Best Peace Sites on the Net (from
Global Zero (working for "a world without nuclear weapons")
Pre-emptive Strike for Peace  (Christian perspective)
The Paradox of War and Pacifism, by Mark Clark  (Christian perspective)
Pacifism and the War, by George Orwell (classic essay)
War and Pacifism  (atheist perspective)
Campaign for Nonviolence  (a project of Pace e Bene, is "a long-term movement to build a culture of peace and nonviolence")
Islam, Peace, Non-violence -- A selected Bibliography
Pacifism and Quakers
Peace and Related Social Concerns Links  (from
Nonviolence -- The Only Hope  (from the Gandhi Institute)
The Quest for Peace and Justice, by Martin Luther King, Jr. (classic 1964 Nobel Prize speech)
Worried About Nuclear War? Consider the Micromorts by Matt Reynolds   (post on Wired, October 24 2022)
“There Is No Military Solution Out of This Crisis”: Progressives on Ukraine / Russia  by Abigail Tracy  (article in Vanity Fair Jan 27 2022)
The Frontlines of Peace by Severine Autesserre (book review in The Economist April 24 2021)
Israel, Iran, America: Explosive Diplomacy (report on reviving Iran nuclear deal from The Economist April 17 2021)

The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict by The Arbinger Institute  (more about the 2015 revised edition of this book from Amazon)

Practical Pacifism (info about book by Andrew Fiala)
A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, by Howard Zinn (2007 book, includes "Pacifism & War" chapter) (source for anti-war news, viewpoints and news)
The War Resister's International Website
Just and Unjust Wars, by Michael Walzer (read excerpts of this 2000 book at Google Books)
“Rejecting War, Living the Nonviolent Life” by John Dear (Sep3 2013 article by Catholic priest activist and author of similarly titled book)
"The Right War," by Ban Ki-moon (UN chief links peace w/ green policies in Time April 28, 2008 article)
"A Piece of Our Time," by Richard Lacayo (article celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the peace symbol)
quotes related to peace
quotes related to war and pacifism

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