I thought the way the father talked to his son and the message about not changing his way of life was beautiful. Then I saw it posted on a self-defense page and witnessed the backlash of comments,
“How could he deceive his child that way?"
“He’s giving a false sense of hope and security to his kid!”
“Flowers don’t save people, guns do!”
We all know that flowers and candles do not protect people from guns and bombs, but how this man raises his son and teaches his child about the world is up to him and his family, and them alone.
I do, however, have an appreciation for his character and what part of his message represents. Yes, bad things happen, but no, we will not let that affect us, stoop to their level, or live in fear.
You do not let terrorism or violence bully you or intimidate how you live your life, and you do not have to hate your enemy.
This rings true for personal defense and violence that we might face on an individual level as well. It does no good to invest hatred or disgust in the monsters the media portray.
Living a life of hatred, disgust, and rage is not healthy and does not bring about a healthy, happy life.
What’s more important is that if you are ever faced with real evil, you must understand enough about it to destroy it without hesitation.
You do not have to hate the monster to slay the monster.
NOVA Self Defense