In a religio-spiritual value the role of violence in life is not necessarily evil. For instance if one looks at the early Testament scriptures sacrificing animals, war and slavery were part of living a respectable life.
The view put forward here espouses a purely spiritual appreciation that understands our humanity to be essentially rooted in the soul of the living being that is inherently peaceful and non-violent, totally. The aim in all effort will be to strive to have this state of life in both our physical world and in our inner world so that true peace may preside for all Life.
Forgiveness figures into the equation of Life as we move toward this aim. In other words the views of science are regarded as long as solutions continue to be offered to mitigate the use of force as a means to respond to life. In other words, the need to assert aggressively in some circumstances or in acts of defense that may invoke violent outcomes must be tolerated but never legitimized.
When there is deliberate intention to inflict harm or pain on someone, when there is the use of force on someone who resists or does not consent or when basic human rights are violated without accident or with deliberate intention then it is unconscionable and need always be discouraged.
By legitimizing violence in any form we are planting the seeds for future legitimacies unheard of today. The diminishment of standards of life and wellbeing begin to crumble before our eyes and future generations when such allowances become acceptable practices.
Life is sacred and the human spirit must lead the way. A gentle and non-violent world is the aim we must continue to hold high in all our effort with mercy and Grace before as we continue to evolve.