I want to love violently

I used to believe that violence was never the answer. If there’s one thing the last year has taught me, it’s that I don’t know much about anything. So many things I grew up certain of, I now know not to be true. That poverty is caused by laziness or lack of will. That the right way to approach racial issues is to say, “I don’t see color.” That distaste for politics is something to be proud of. That Abraham Lincoln was a hero for social justice and equality. Those are all things I once believed, hills I once may have been willing to die on. I’m not anymore. I don’t anymore. But “violence is never the answer”—that’s something I was always sure about. I have never considered myself a pacifist. While I don’t like war, I have always understood that sometimes war is a necessary evil, one that no…

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