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174. Would You Kill a Human Being?  
22:23:00, April 21st, 2007
John Henry Holliday, DDS
Sometimes disastrous occasions arise, created by evil men, madmen, or men misled into evil. These occasions can be dire and the lives of those one loves and the lives of innocent strangers, as well as one's own life, can be in real and immediate jeopardy. Especially when one is aware from the frequency of their occurrence, that such events are near-inevitable, it is vital to be prepared to meet them. One must be ready, and one must have trained oneself to be ready to act in such human emergencies. Part of that readiness is knowing that one could kill should it prove necessary. Part of that readiness is knowing, in turn, that one is ready to die to preserve other's lives. If one does not know these things as certainty, before such willingness becomes imperative, then one hesitates, despite one's best intentions, as one considers exactly to which lengths one would go. Speed and accuracy born of readiness and long prior diligence are critical. These are the things which save loved and innocent lives. Yes, I am willing to kill another human, under these circumstances. As balance I am willing to offer my own life. I have proved this 'not once but many times.'

Name: John H. Holliday, DDS.
Fandom: History.
Word Count: 206
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7:01:13, April 22nd, 2007 (UTC)
speaking as a former madman... yes.
Life has worth - especially for the innocent.
(it's taken me years but I'm starting to recognize the innocent)

When one has sufficient time, there is opportunity for understanding.
In an emergency - act first, resolve later. One of the old rules of chivalry that I learnt back when I was a child was that another's life is always more important to defend - as one can defend oneself. Always defend oneself of course, but such should be a natural extension of defending others as well.

I think the only reason the madness never claimed me was that most important faith - the one that says people (including myself) are always worth the chance.
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