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.
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 11:54 AM.