Chapter 2Overview of Hoplology

When there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, I would choose violence.

Ghandi

Why do human beings fight? Why engage in violence that alters the circumstance of others against their will and in a way that injures them bodily, psychologically, or otherwise? Violence never begins with the first punch thrown or the first bullet shot. The roots of violence are deep and sprout into various offshoots of violent acts over a long timeline. If we could witness the genesis of a moment where a strong feeling took root and eventually burst forth into violence we would most likely have to travel back quite some time to see it. The precise reasons for violence are too numerous to count. The catalogue alone could ...

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