Knowing how to defend your rights is an important part of actually holding onto them. There are all kinds of letters and contacts you can make, politicians you can call, laws you can look up, learn and understand. But eventually, if you’re unlucky enough, you’re apt to run into someone who won’t care about any of that at some point in your life. When all the laws and words in the world aren’t enough to stop someone from trampling on you, it might be time to implement that most basic of methods for defending your rights – physical violence.
This isn’t a step I really advocate. There are usually peaceful ways to resolve problems, or at least compromises that both sides can make so each gets some of what they want, rather than getting completely taken advantage of by the other side. But it’s a necessity sometimes. Some people just won’t listen to reason, or logic, or even threats of force. Some people need the actual force itself to really understand that you mean business. I’m sure some of you have met these types of people in your life, eh? They aren’t fun to debate with if they’re even willing to talk to you at all.
Unfortunately, they don’t really teach you how to fight in school, unless you take some extracurricular courses for boxing or whatnot. Many people teach themselves how to fight, and that could work out with the right instructional materials, but what about practicing your moves? You can’t just walk up to random people and start wailing on them. That will land you in a cell and probably a courtroom at some time. No, it’s much better to try out your punches, kicks and other attacks on something like a grappling dummy. You can’t really hurt those things and they won’t take a swing back at you either.
Good quality dummies are built to take a beating, because the manufacturer knows they’ve been made for that specific purpose. I can’t really come up with any good brands off the top of my head since I don’t own any dummies like these, but I’m sure there are places around the net where you could get reviews and other information on the topic at a click. That’s the beauty of the Internet – all kinds of information is available on demand. Just like how information on democracy is available here, whenever you’re looking for some.
Getting back to personal and civil rights again, I can say with certainty that sometimes violence does solve problems. It’s often a short-term solution which leads to further violence at a later time, but sometimes a bit of force applied in the right way and at the right time can have a more powerful, lasting effect than any words. I’m still not advocating violence though; I just understand its role in the world. Sometimes a bully just needs a punch, more or less. Have any of you ever experienced a time like this?