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Item three performed by Elizabeth Barron plus two (shown) and others of Aztec Dancers at the San Jose America Festival on July 3, 1998.

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Non-violent techniques are not always successful. Further, they involve the risk of losing the most moral people who are needed as resources to help the world develop. Thus, even the enlightened may discover situations when a sound thrashing of the opponent is the best education and resolution of competing interests. Where victory is not necessarily achievable, one can at least make the conflict as costly as possible to the opponent:

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One antagonist's stronger determination can outweigh the other's possession of considerable superiority in weaponry and tactical skill, hence one powerful way to demonstrate strength of will is to show a willingness and capacity to suffer for one's beliefs. This may be more effective than fighting back under some circumstances, because instead of stimulating the adversary to further violence, it inhibits and demoralizes him. (Sanity and Survival, p. 260)

 

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Hopefully, the moral superiority of a party will enlist the support of third parties -- making the education a less expensive one from the enlightened party's perspective, and more impressive from the other party's perspective.

 

 

 

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