Many can recognize when there is injustice in the world. Many can weep for the wickedness being perpetrated on a lesser developed culture by a more technologically advanced culture. It is often plastered on the lame stream news and incessantly written about in the newspapers. Seeing the problem is not difficult. What confuses most people and reveals their lack of true understanding of the problem is when they propose their solutions.
The Hippocratic medical dictum, “First do no harm” does not only apply to medicine. It applies to every facet of life wherein one intends to improve the lives of those around them. It is not enough to want to help. If one’s “help” worsens the lives of individuals then one’s ignorance has committed a grave injustice by worsening the situation. Take care that your desire to help does not result in the opposite of your intended effect. An unintentional immorality is still an immorality nevertheless. If political sophistry is to be taken seriously, then any grotesque democide can be thoroughly justified with the shocking phrase “Well I was just trying to help.”
Advocating for a coercive institution that uses only threats of violence to solve complex social problems is using a gun to fix an iPhone. It is bringing a knife to defeat one’s opponent in a chess match. It is the use of brute force where subtlety and delicacy is called for. The initiation of force is the enemy of all thinking sentient human beings.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
Mao Tse Tung