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A political or religious ideology that stresses peace over violence or war. A central tenet of many Eastern religions, and also surprisingly widespread in modern-day Europe.

Pacifist ideology assumes that violence is inherently bad and should be avoided, typically without giving serious thought to the causes of and solutions to war and violence (see Heinlein quote below). Pacifism is also commonly linked with socialism and environmentalism, and was widespread in the US during the 1960s, with hippies for some reason favoring the communist, Soviet-backed North Vietnamese over the US and its involvement. This is also prevalent today with respects to the War on Terrorism. As is typical, those adhering to pacifist thought do not consider the alternatives to the war, and instead, as is typical, provide baseless or biased rhetoric as to why it is better to die like a dog than fighting on your feet.
Since pacifists have more freedom of action in countries where traces of democracy survive, pacifism can act more effectively against democracy than for it. Objectively the pacifist is pro-Nazi. - George Orwell

The concept of nonviolence is a false ideal. It presupposes the existence of compassion and a sense of justice on the part of one's adversary. When this adversary has everything to lose and nothing to gain by exercising justice and compassion, his reaction can only be negative. - George Jackson

Pacifism is a shifty doctrine under which a man accepts the benefits of the social group without being willing to pay; and claims a halo for his dishonesty. - Robert Heinlein
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Lying flat refers to a defeatist lifestyle in Chin, where people stop working, desiring material acquisition, and tap out of any social life ā€“ sometimes for good. By lying flat, young people are participating in a kind of non-cooperation movement, rather than surrendering themselves to China's oppressive work culture where they see little hope of social mobility.
Iā€™m not going to try to get a better job so I can afford to start a family, Iā€™m just lying flat.
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Pacifism is the principled rejection of war and the ideology that peace should be achieved without the means of violence. It covers a spectrum of views ranging from the belief that international disputes can and should be peacefully resolved; to calls for the abolition of the institutions of the military and war; to opposition to any organization of society through governmental force (anarchist or libertarian pacifism); to rejection of the use of physical violence to obtain political, economic or social goals; to the obliteration of force except in cases where it is absolutely necessary to advance the cause of peace; to opposition to violence under any circumstance, including defense of self and others.
Principled pacifism holds that at some point along the spectrum from war to interpersonal physical violence, such violence becomes morally wrong. Pragmatic pacifism holds that the costs of war and inter-personal violence are so substantial that better ways of resolving disputes must be found. Pacifists in general reject theories of Just War. Pacifists follow principles of nonviolence, believing that nonviolent action is morally superior and/or pragmatically most effective.

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was a pacifist.
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The belief that doing absolutely nothing will somehow stop violence.
Pacifism makes no sense because somewhere, someone else will refuse to be pacifist.

Man 1: "Oh my god that guy is killing his own people!"

Man 2: "Let's have tea with him."

Man 1: "But he's killing everyone, he'll kill you!"

Man 2: "Let's have tea with him."
by The Little Carrot Who Could December 01, 2015
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a religious belief that violence is not a solution to problems.
A peacemaker believes in pacifism.
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a belief that many people seem to hate
but solves problems with less pain and death

if a guy is one they usually end up getting called a pussy.
sadly though, that's america.
guy gets punched
guy 1: so hey, gonna punch me back?! huh?! huh??
guy 2: dude, im a pacifist, chill.
guy 1: you believe in pacifism?
guy 2: yeah.
guy 1: man, you're a pussy.
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