But, Steve, civilization itself is built on the violent resolution of rivalry. There is a reason the earliest Egyptian kings (~3,000 BC) are depicted as lions, bulls, or scorpions surrounded by their dead enemies. There is a reason the counding documents of Western civilization are drenched in humann sacrifice (Agamemnon tricks and slaughters Iphigenia to facilitate his war with Troy). There is a reason we keep finding strangled children in bogs, put there to solve the internal crises of the European tribes.
It is quite a mistake to suppose that we have somehow progressed over these early civilizations. Recall that the French Revolution was, itself, the perpetrator of mass murder and genocide.
Either all this is deeply distrubing or else it is not. We do not, after all, suppose there is any moral lack associated with a lion slaughtering its enemies. But we might suppose that the Revolution slaughtering their enemies in the Vendee is symptomatic of some deeper failing in our nature. Such a conclusion does not have anything to do with the childish JW teaching on the matter.