During one of the class breaks a student asked a philosophical question regarding protecting life from a religious point of view. It was a good questions that turned into a nice discussion. The harsh realities is that to protect life you may have to take it.
There really isn’t a good way to sugar coat the topic, but you have to ask these questions early on starting with can I take another life to protect my life or my loved one’s life. You can try to dance around the subject, but you are only hurting yourself and your loved ones if you are not brutally honest. There is no easy solution here, which is why you want to have thought this out, you do not want to leave this to the last minute and try to sort it out during a fight. You want to have in place a set of directives that will guide your actions, your choices and your objectives. It is best to keep them simple; protect life, secure loved ones, help others are some examples. You have to establish that mental line in the sand that says I will do this if they do that. To hope that bad things don’t happen to you or your family is a nice thought, but not a very good strategy.
For some the difficulty is compounded by what others might think of you if you are willing to take another’s life. That could very well pose a problem, but you will at least be there to discuss it with them versus the alternative. While we are at it, let’s talk about the alternative. What if you don’t do anything? What if you willingly comply with what can clearly be seen as violence or a violent end. Could one make an argument that you in a sense committed suicide? I mean failing to intervene or take action on your own behalf to save your own life. Not to mention who will then protect your loved ones, those who cannot protect themselves such as children or the elderly. If you do nothing to protect yourself you do nothing to protect them.
If you do nothing to save your own life what does that really say or mean about you. It could mean lots of things for sure, but suicide is one that not a lot of people think about. It’s certainly a subject left up to those holier than me, but it does give you something to consider.
There is importance behind valuing human life, I firmly believe in that sanctity. However, if someone views you less than human or your life has no value in their eyes and they are intent on causing you great bodily harm, injury or death, you should consider that a clear threat to your life and take whatever steps necessary to protect life, up to and including lethal force.