nonviolent conflict resolution

anonymous asked:

I love how the show is action-y and has cool fight scenes and still tried nonviolent conflict resolution first almost every time. I like how Steven tries to make his enemies his friends first and foremost, and is always trying to help them (Jasper). And I like that they show people as 'bad' for being jerks for no reason, when they show someone as being only bad (Kevin). Mainly, I just think this is an incredibly well-written show.

Sometimes people don’t deserve forgiveness because their crimes are far too large, though Steven’s optimism and child like confidence that everyone has good in them if they just had someone to help them always puts me in a good mood. It’s like- now, as an adult, I can see irl the bad in people, for both forgivable things and those things that are so bad they can’t be forgiven. But that innocence, that hope, that longing to unconditionally help people from the eyes of a child like Steven is so refreshing and sweet to me. It’s different in the real world and all… but in the show, it puts me at ease

it’s a random saturday morning so let’s say it again: tasers are not a nonviolent conflict resolution tool or an nice liberal alternative to guns. Tasers are “less than lethal,” note the weasel words. They have killed people. They might not - if you’re in good health you’re strong enough to survive a vicious electric shock. But everyone knows someone with asthma or heart issues, right?

Police use tasers as violent weapons of revenge against deaf, autistic or disabled people who piss them off by not “following orders.” A politics aimed at demilitarization has to also attack use of tasers instead of presenting them as a safe alternative in a police toolkit for problem solving. And we can start by saying “use of violence” instead of the police friendly euphemism “use of force.”

Something I Noticed

So, I’m sure we all recall the awesome beatdown Dipper gave Gideon in “Gideon Rises.”

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It’s pretty easy to see that Dipper wouldn’t have done this had he not been influenced by Grunkle Stan.

The biggest example of this is in the previous episode, “Dreamscaperers,” when Stan reveals he’s hard on Dipper a lot so Dipper can toughen up, and “…when the world fights, he fights back.” However, there are other instances in episodes such as “Irrational Treasure” (“I will BREAK YOU, little man!”) and “Fight Fighters.” (“Just bonk him over the head. It’s nature’s snooze button!”)

As evidenced by “Gideon Rises,” Dipper has clearly learned from the example his great-uncle had set. But getting to the point of this post, it’s also evident that Stan has learned a thing or two from Dipper about conflict resolution.

To give some context, Stan has had many altercations with his nemesis, Gideon. In “The Deep End” particularly, Stan attempts to physically harm Gideon to get his prized pool chair back, an action not unusual for Stan’s roughhousing nature.

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However, this attempt at “first-serving” Gideon gets Stan thrown in Pool Jail, which could quite possibly have led Stan to the realization that violence isn’t always the most effective way to solve a problem.

Another factor that could have led Stan to this epiphany is Dipper, especially in episodes such as “Headhunters” and “Boyz Crazy” where Stan observes firsthand his great-nephew’s ability to use his brain to solve problems rather than his fists.

All of this comes into play in “Gideon Rises,” when Stan, trapped in his self-pity when he is out of a job and a home thanks to Gideon, finally uncovers Gideon’s weakness. And he does so without ever laying a hand on the boy (except to get his deed/Journal #2, but that’s after the fact.)

Rather, Stan uses the same sort of deductive reasoning Dipper would use in the same situation. With the radio feedback from his hearing aid as a clue, Stan realizes that the disruptions had been coming from Gideon’s merchandise pins, which were actually disguised cameras.

And one could argue that he knew about radio feedback and such because of his experiences with his machine, but it’s fairly certain that this nonviolent method of conflict resolution is new to Stan.

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Rushing to Gideon’s location, Stan reveals the boy psychic as a fraud in front of the entire town, all without any form of physical confrontation, just like what Dipper would have done. Had Stan resorted to violence as usual, he would never have triumphed.

Basically, what I’m saying is: Dipper was obviously influenced by Stan, but Stan showed that the influence had gone both ways, and Stan has learned from Dipper.

A Human Family of Seven Billion

‘I look forward to a day when children, as a result of integrating the principles of nonviolence and peaceful conflict resolution at school, will be more aware of their feelings and emotions and feel a greater sense of responsibility both toward themselves and toward the wider world. Wouldn’t that be wonderful? To bring about this better world, therefore, let us, old and young - not as members of this nation or that nation, not as members of this faith or that faith, but simply as individual members of this great human family of seven billion - strive together with vision, with courage, and with optimism. This is my humble plea.

Within the scale of the life of the cosmos, a human life is no more than a tint blip. Each one of us is a visitor to this planet, a guest, who has only a finite time to stay. What greater folly could there be to spend this time lonely, unhappy, and in conflict with our fellow visitors? Far better, surely, to use our short time in pursuing a meaningful life, enriched by a sense of connection with and service toward others.

So far, of the twenty-first century, just over a decade has gone; the major part of it has yet to come. It is my hope that this will be a century of peace, a century of dialogue - a century when a more caring, responsible, and compassionate humanity will emerge. This is my prayer as well.’

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a a Whole World.