If anyone wishes the world could just do one big group hug and be done with war and violence and  conflict, it’s me.

I have long struggled to understand why violence exists in an enlightened world, why the seemingly primitive and barbaric practice of war has not gone by the wayside in civilized modern life.

In fact it’s my own inability to comprehend the purpose of violence that led to my continued pondering of its possible role and meaning.

I am a big believer that the world works the way it does because somehow something about even the most seemingly irrational behavior actually works on some level. And not only works, but works enough that it more works than it doesn’t work.

On a macro scale, that’s what the red pill is about. It is about questioning, examining, and in turn understanding the way things actually work as a way to navigate life rather than approaching life as we wish it worked, were told it should work, or how we believe it could work. How it actually works. The truth, regardless of how bitter, unpopular, or unpalatable that may be.

Why bother? Why subject oneself to that rather than put on rose colored glasses? Because as good as rosy colored glasses may feel at the time, they inevitably lead to a much more painful or pricey outcome than facing the cold hard facts of life head on and acting accordingly.

The Red Pill often focuses on gender and relationship dynamics between men and women, but it actually goes far beyond that. One could argue it applies to nearly every aspect of life.

Which brings me back to the question of violence. What purpose could violence serve? Is there any upside to violence?

It suddenly came to me that it’s the threat of violence, and if that fails actual violence, that creates peace, stability, and civilization. As paradoxical as that may seem. It’s the threat of violence that keeps violence at bay.

When threatened on a personal or national level, shying away from the threat of violence or if necessary the use of violence to restore order will not lead to peace or resolution. In fact, wavering early or ignoring reality only leads to bigger problems requiring even more violence to bring things back to order, to restore peace and stability.

So while I abhor unnecessary violence, I no longer cling to the Pollyanna notion that violence has no place in a peaceful world.  Without the willingness to counter senseless violence and threats to peace with the use of force, there would be nothing but escalating war unending. The true triumph of evil.

Let those who have ears hear.