Well, if you end up killing someone in self defense, then your opponent defeated you too, in a way.
Maybe; that depends on the circumstances and upon the mentality
of the surviving killer. If it happens with police involvement,
a liberal D.A. may wish to vindicate the criminal predator,
at the expense of the innocent victim; that has HAPPENED.
That can entail great expense and annoyances,
but it is better to be tried by 12 men than carried by 6.
If u r attacked by a felon alone in the wilderness,
with no witnesses, if u r able to kill him,
u r better off just leaving him there (with no evidence)
and going on your way without further involvement.
In that event, he will not have defeated u, so far as I can see.
If u disagree, please indicate how n Y.
The same if you were driving a car and someone ran into the road and got hit by you.
I don't think you will be emotionally unaffected by either circumstance,
That HAPPENED to a former acquaintance of mine, a boy around 18. He seemed unaffected
as he had plenty of insurance.
and I don't think the intent of the person who died matters in this regard.
That is a SHOCKING
Its entirely opposite in the case of a careless pedestrian
whose stupidity causes his own death,
as distinct from
a malefactor who pounces on u, in violent depredation.
If u r so lucky as to kill him, every citizen who hears of it
shoud cheer and exult in that thay r no longer exposed to any danger from him.
If the choice is die or terminate the force directed at you,
the sensible thing do is end the threat. Wether it's a sinking ship
or a person coming at you, unless you take an appropriate action
you are done for. The choice is down to live or die, and if this is
immoral, so is making bread. It's simply needed for survival.
Of course, judgment is involved. If you are crafty you may have
other ways to defend yourself. You may see the threat coming
before it's any real danger if you are aware. And if you are of the
general opinion that there's nothing sacred about life you are more likely to resort to killing.
Maybe. If u leave him alive, he can continue to manifest his violent malice
upon your fellow citizens, who might be less fortunate in self defense than u were.
If u come upon a visibly rabid dog, or rattlesnake in a city,
is it a GOOD thing to intentionally leave him alive ?
Leave other citizens to deal with him as well as thay are lucky enuf to do?