"If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust, the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should - so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again"
"Jane Eyre", Charlotte Brontë
Thoughts? Can you teach somebody not to strike by striking it? I don't like that thought, but I don't like the opposite position, which is never to retaliate and not get involved into a world of violence. Even monks and nuns have to protect themselves in their monasteries and nunneries. Kung-fu was invented by religious people. Maybe the secret is to retaliate in a non-violent, non-lethal way, maybe there are ways to "teach" violent people without using their methods? I don't know.