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Old 12-01-2004, 10:49 AM   #14
Join Date: Aug 2002
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Re: Intent of Attack

Are you arguing semantics here? Violence is a word with shades of meaning, and it seems the issue is one of equivocating .. using the dojo example and a dictionary definition set:

1. Physical force exerted for the purpose of violating, damaging, or abusing: crimes of violence.
=> implies no violence in the dojo scenario, given that the purpose is stated as part of the definitoin

2. The act or an instance of violent action or behavior.
=> implies violence in the dojo scenario since there's no purpose in definition

3. Intensity or severity, as in natural phenomena; untamed force: the violence of a tornado.
=> ditto
4. Abusive or unjust exercise of power.
=> lack of intention implies non-violence again
5. Abuse or injury to meaning, content, or intent: do violence to a text.
=> pure intention almost
6. Vehemence of feeling or expression; fervor.
=> pure intention again

so what is it?

I think violence with intent is a more serious issue than violence without, though that's not trivial either; at least you one less thing to worry about.. And I also think that being aware of violent intent produces a different reaction due to one recognizing that it is a different matter.

Last edited by Alfonso : 12-01-2004 at 10:54 AM.

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