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

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

values arms control efforts

prefers to exhaust all diplomacy  before considering war

accepts Non-Aggression Principle, not true Pacifist

chooses non-violent resistance when others would use violence

summary Wikipedia article: Pacifism

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1122

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 36

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #47B: Pacifism

Anarcho-Pacifism  (from online encyclopedia)
Anti-militarism (from online encyclopedia)
Arms Control (from online encyclopedia) 
Shalom (Hebrew concept with connections to peace, well-being--from online encyclopedia)  
Peace Churches (about Christian churches founded on this, article from online encyclopedia)
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)

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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