Why do people say, "Chicken" when they hear anyone say they are a "pacifist"?

Many of the pacifists I know are combat Veterans. They went into the military at 18-23, and came back pacifists.

Many of us are Buddhists, Unitarians, or Sikh today.


Being a pacifist does not mean I am going to allow a person to rob me. I am pacifist to a limit. I consider the sale of my personal information to be a capitol offence and I am willing to enforce it myself.

5 Answers

  • 2 years ago

    I don't think 'chicken'... in fact, I think it takes incredible guts to be a pacifist... I don't advocate it-- I think being a pacifist is impractical unless everyone else in the world is also a pacifist as well, but to each his own.

    If you are okay with someone beating you or mugging old ladies in front of you or your country being invaded by a violent country, and you would refrain from fighting back because you think it is immoral or unjustifiable, that's your business.

    Me, I very much believe in things like protection, self-defense, defending people in danger from someone threatening, and that even some wars are justifiable.

    ETA: you should look up 'pacifist'.

    Being a pacifist means you think using violence is unjustifiable (even if someone uses it against you).

    If you would fight back if attacked then you are not a pacifist... you can still be non-violent and abhor violence, but you're not a pacifist if you would fight back.

  • 2 years ago

    Perhaps they've never seen roosters fighting.

    If it is true that "Ignorance is bliss", then there are a lot of VERY happy people who do not understand pacifism.

  • 2 years ago

    How can you have a pacifist Sikh? It's a warrior religion.

    And they're cowards because they don't even agree with defending themselves, their families etc. Well unless you're redefining pacifism.

  • Anonymous
    2 years ago

    That is silly.

    I am very much a pacifist. And a martial art instructor. Nobody ever called me chicken.

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  • User
    Lv 7
    2 years ago

    You know how - when someone starts talking about the tomatoes in their garden - you might suddenly acquire a craving for a tomato sandwich?

    For some people, the word "pacifist" gives them a craving for Kentucky Fried Chicken.

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