Your random thoughts are most welcome.
Glad to hear. I'll set this to Notify then and watch for your thoughts on specific points. Nudge me if I ever get too far from the Tao, as I admit my inexperience with it, but I have enough understanding of philosophy that I can probably hold my own.
It makes sense, but let's take an extreme example. Unprovoked murder. Do we just say, "Stop or I'll say stop again"?
Let's consider that everything has a reason, that people act a certain way as a result of their lives, and that human beings are capable of listening to reason and changing their ways.
Unprovoked murder, therefore, is an effect, not a cause. To get to the heart of the matter, we must examine the reason that an unprovoked murder would take place. Of course, unprovoked would suggest that there was no cause, but every effect requires a cause, if only that the murderer was completely psychotic.
I'm getting far too esoteric for my liking, so I'm going to drop down to another example.
Although I would expect that anyone who witnesses an attempted murdering would be compelled to immediate action, such instances within our lives are rare and extreme, and such actions would likewise be rare and extreme. It is difficult for one to engage in a heated problem without oneself becoming heated as well, and it seems like passions and extremes would run contrary to these teachings.
Now, there will always be those who engage in heated matters, who handle violence in defense of the common person. I would say that many policemen (and arguably military members, but this gets grayer) put their lives on the line so that the ordinary person does not have to fear a life of perpetual violence. It seems as though a Master would seek to avoid becoming a law officer in order to avoid that aspect of life.
I could see an argument that a true Master would see the murder before it came to pass. Being aware and accepting of the world, perhaps a Master observed Mr. A get cut off by Mr. B while driving, and Mr. A pulls over to suddenly go to a gun store. (An unlikely example, but it's spur of the moment and I'm tired.) There are many actions which the Master might take, from begging Mr. A for money, to chatting him up in conversation, and if those fail, perhaps more extreme methods might be necessary such as calling a tow truck on Mr. A's car. If the Master must resort to such drastic methods, however, perhaps he is not a Master at all.
I feel as though a true Master would be able to set up a situation such that the Master seems completely uninvolved, making it seem as though life itself wanted Mr. A to learn a lesson. In a movie, Mr. A might be driving erratically, trying to catch up with Mr. B in order to ram his car. I could see a Master doing any number of things such as calling the cops that someone is speeding, to a movie example of splashing a bucket of water upon the street in order to force Mr. A to retake control of his vehicle. Mr. A may even learn a lesson that his haste and anger nearly led to the destruction of his vehicle and perhaps even a life. Then again, maybe not, but it's not in the nature of the Master to rub it in.
I've seen a number of movies and anime where a travelling martial artist will witness a crime either about to take place or soon after, and will make events occur in similar matters to this. An assailant's gun might mysteriously be out of bullets (because the martial artist "borrowed" them) or a barrel might accidentally fall onto the assailant, not injuring him but pinning down his arms so that he can't fire. Even though the martial artist is more than capable of turning an inexperienced gunman into hamburger, he chooses a path with less resistance.
Although this method would work for short-term solutions, it does nothing to get to the root of the problem. The gunman had some cause, some reason for attempting to shoot the man, and there is little reason to expect that he won't try again next time.
Locking the gunman up does nothing to actually address this problem, but simply ensures that the gunman is physically incapable of shooting his intended victim. This requires a degree of force equal to the amount that the gunman is willing to exert in order to free himself, which means that prison guards must keep him confined.
It seems like a true Master would look for another way, perhaps speaking with the man and learning what reason he might have for attempting murder. If the problem can be resolved peacefully, no force need be indefinitely maintained in keeping the two separated.