|The philosophy of pacifism makes a certain amount of sense. We're taught as we're growing up to not hit other people, to find a solution to our problems without resulting to violence. This is well and good and true. Violence isn't the solution to all problems. Avoiding violence works in many circumstances, like in de-escalating a drunken fight at a bar, or in trade sanctions against a hostile country.
But one name always trumps pacifism: Hitler. There was really only one way to fight back against a crazy authoritarian who tried to take over the world and kill all the Jews, and it wasn't non-violence. It's never made sense to me how there were conscientious objectors during World War II. Like I get that your religion prevents you from fighting in a war, but it doesn't seem quite fair that you'll benefit from the post-war peace that other people fought to achieve. If people didn't fight in your place, you'd be dead and the world would be German. Pacifism only makes sense until it doesn't. #psychology