Before I go anywhere else let me state that I AM against violence and I believe there is almost always another solution…I DO believe however that sometimes you just have to do what you have to do.
I love in a bad neighborhood, the kind that if someone hears you live there they are more often than not either scared to death of you, or have trmendous repsect for you, simply because you survive day to day (as an indication I got cussed out by a 4 year old and when I went to discuss it calmly with his pa was lucky to get away)
That being said the other night I was coming back from a rehearsal and as I’m parking my car see a group of people in the street. I didn’t know what was going on but I heard shouting and saw a baseball bat being swung on something on the ground. It didn’t take me long to realize a group of people were assaulting my neighbor. Before any other action I called the police, right then and right there from my cell while still in my car. I DID inform them that in two minutes I was going to have to do something if they were not there. Two minutes passed so I, Meros, went against the mob.
Yes it was violence, yes I hate myself for it, but it took the police 10 minutes to get there, 10 minutes in which, judging by the extent of my neighbors injuries and the number of people involved (7), he would have been killed had I not gotten some of them, in particular Mr. Baseball Bat, preoccupied with me.
So tell me, should I have sat idly by and let a man (possibly) be killed for the sake of non-violence?