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A-labama
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miloisqueer
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Terrorism is healthy.

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Started: 12/1/2015 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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A-labama

Pro

Terrorism will make the world a better place in the long run. First round is acceptance.
miloisqueer

Con

I accept your debate, but as you have not defined your terms I'll do so here (as I understand them). Feel free to make any changes to these definitions.
Terrorism: the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
Healthy: prosperous or sound.

I hope for an interesting debate, and a new point of view.
Debate Round No. 1
A-labama

Pro

Let's take a look at where we are in the world. The whole world is in turmoil and we were ignoring it. Before 9/11 the world was becoming comfortable with it's filth and no one wanted change. Now that these terrorists are popping up, people are divided again and are being forced to face issues they would rather ignore. If that is not healthy I don't know what is.
miloisqueer

Con

There are better ways to solve issues in this world than genocide, fear tactics, and everything else terrorism encapsulates. Fear is certainly one way to get a reaction. Apathy is the natural state of humans and we avoid such conflict that terrorism inspires at all costs, so I do understand where you're coming from in believing that perhaps terrorism is the only way to get humanity moving on society-improving projects. I also am not against people dying in large numbers--The world is overpopulated and from an entirely clinical point of view, murder is practical. However, the emotional effects of mass-killing are such that people may lose any motivation they might have had to change their circumstances. Depression, frequently caused by severe grief (especially when that grief is paired with a fear for one's own life, as would be the case in a world of frequent terroristic threats and actions), can cause a loss of ambition, motivation, and eagerness for life. Speaking from personal experience, when motivation is lost, any beneficial action can be counted upon to not happen. There's even a particular symptom called "self sabotage," in which one might try to not do anything that could help.

You also mentioned that people are becoming divided again--You're quite right, they are. But in a divided world, disagreements (often simply for the purpose of disagreement) would cause change to happen at an even more sluggish pace than it is now. Besides, humans are also almost guaranteed to be wrong in their decisions, and in a system without cooperative collaboration, they may not be corrected in their poor decisions.

Conflict is beneficial in small doses, but uproar and a complete state of unrest would not allow for conflict to reap the helpful conclusions.
Debate Round No. 2
A-labama

Pro

This was for a bet you win.
miloisqueer

Con

miloisqueer forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
A-labama

Pro

"God is Dead" (Nietzsche The Antichrist)
miloisqueer

Con

miloisqueer forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
A-labama

Pro

A-labama forfeited this round.
miloisqueer

Con

miloisqueer forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by GavinLorenz 1 year ago
GavinLorenz
A-labama your Fucked up
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