"Violence is never, EVER right!" she raged. "SHAME!" she ranted. Something inside me clenched as I read this - and it wasn't just the notion that her caps lock button had been accidentally hit (we've all been there: we've all typed an entire friggin' sentence, only to find that it's all in capital letters - as typos go, it sucks ass).
I should, in the interests of transparency, mention that in the past I may have, just once, used violence against another human being....Actually maybe two or three times.................................
OK, perhaps it was more than that - perhaps a dozen or so occasions when, as a police officer, I've had to use physical violence.............................
Stop looking at me that way. Look, I admit it: I used physical force regularly. This, I think, is at the root of my problem with this lady's armchair assertion that violence is never, ever right. I can't help thinking that she is talking bollocks (and I should know: I talk bollocks all the time...).
I can understand her position (probably sitting down, and covered with stinky cats): violence is nasty, traumatic and is hard - if not impossible - to undo. However, the nonsense of her statement is easily exposed. Was Britain wrong to declare war upon the rampaging military steamroller that was Hitler's Germany? Is a law enforcement officer wrong to use violence to incapacitate and restrain an out-of-control violent criminal? Is the victim of a sexual assault wrong to push his/her fingers into the eyes of their assailant?
It's a very easy argument to dismiss. It's not often that I will genuinely dismiss a point of view, but in this case I have no hesitation in doing so. The fact that the commenting person believes their position to be correct, and that she had attracted a whole bunch of 'likes' suggests to me a life lived in a cocoon, and a life lived with eyes and ears tightly closed against the realities of co-existing.
On the other hand, it is perhaps slightly reassuring to think that it is possible to think this way; to be able to think that the world can be free of violence.
It's still a bloody stupid idea, though.