On the Book of Esther, retributive violence, and the recurrence of those who seek to destroy those who won’t obey them
In the last few years I have come to believe that an important, fundamental political distinction, can be observed on how we see the act of killing another person in self defense: is it a righteous act or a forgivable transgression?
I believe the former attitude, in its most unhinged expression, is what ultimately leads to people with Punisher t-shirts carrying guns in the hopes of being provoked into an heroic act of self defense.
All of this to say, that I don't think violence can ever be righteous. Which is not to say don't be violent, just never forget the best it can ever be is the lesser evil.
Thank you for the lesson on the meaning of the Purim holiday and the story of Esther. As a person of Jewish heritage who did not grow up going to Temple or Hebrew School, I learned a lot. And while I am not really a violent person, I don't think I would have a problem defending those I love to keep them from being harmed for being "different," for not conforming to please or benefit others.