On Pacifism

The argument against fighting is the same as that against the death penalty: there is no way to assure the executioner is _right_, and if he is wrong, no way to correct the mistake.

The winner of a fight is left only with the knowledge that he used more force, not that the cause for which he fought was correct. Better for both sides to forswear violence in all circumstances except self-defence, and even then only with fear and trembling.

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