According to a blog found on RE Factor Tactical, a company founded by veterans which sells tactical products and provides special operations with solutions for unconventional battlefield issues, violence can, and has historically been, the answer to major conflicts. In their blog, they state: “Those who say “violence is never the answer”, most likely never stared death in the face or encountered some of the greatest evil that plagues our society. In reality, violence often solves some of life’s greatest issues”. Thinking back to our World Wars, revolutions and the current conflict in Venezuela… they may actually be right. On today’s episode, we have a conversation about pacifism and violence, and their respective effectiveness in resolving escalated social conflict.
According to a 2014 blog entry published on Psychology Today, Dr. Jefferson Fish defines tolerance as a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; while acceptance is defined as a person's assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it, protest, or exit. In light of November 16th being UNESCO’s International Day of Tolerance, on today’s episode, we discuss our experiences with tolerance and acceptance, as we seek to answer: which do we have in our society today and which should we strive for?