I claim to be a pacifist (or: like the idea of it and have not yet had the chance to express it), and honestly do not care for violence or confrontation.
I have also been thinking of moments where violence would provide me with a safe route out of a situation:
Let's say I am walking the streets with my girlfriend, everything is fine and the sun is just setting. All of a sudden a crook runs up and tries to rob me and my girlfriend.
Now, being that I claim pacifism, I would think not to take any physical action towards the crook, but being a good boyfriend I would think to protect my girlfriend with my fists if need be.
What would be my options to a situation like this?
Would fighting the crook off with violence make me a hypocrite?
Would not fighting off the crook make me a bad person/boyfriend for not protecting my girlfriend?
I understand that what Mohandas Gandhi did throughout his life would make many consider him a true pacifist, but if he were to be in this type of position and he just sat there, would he be concidered a bad person or a man of his word?