"I'm just thinking we should tone down the violence somewhat."
"What are you, a pacifist?"
Within a society that operates by principle of the survival of the fittest, an individual refusing to participate raises concern. When violence, killing, and death are part of one's daily routine - and seen as necessary tools to keep the world order from collapsing - the concept of pacifism is foreign, even disturbing.
Plainly put: If a third of your body mass consists of weapons, the second of ammunition for said weapons, and the last of armour against everyone else's two thirds, solving a conflict without using any of it may seem counter-intuitive. Being completely and strictly against this way of conflict-solving is then viewed as being against a solution - or worse, part of the problem.
Do not fall for the sufferers' backwards logic - despite what they claim, an aversion to fighting is the number one sign of a serious illness of the mind.The general consensus is that there are two types of pacifists, identified by their distinct symptoms.
The Internalized PacifistSeen as mostly harmless but still deplorable - and capable of causing serious inconvenience. The Internalized Pacifist is always 'concerned' about causing 'unnecessary' harm, which makes them anxious, unreliable individuals. They are hesitant in executing orders, and/or question them. This is not because of an inability to accept authority, but caused by their abnormal thinking patterns. These patterns lead to warped ideas of what is 'immoral'. Believing that they are forced to carry out 'immoral' acts, the Internalized Pacifist is in constant inner turmoil. In extreme cases, they may lash out at their allies or turn severely melancholic. Often, an Internalized Pacifist's tendencies - if ignored for too long - can worsen and they become an Offending Pacifist.
The Offending PacifistOther than the ceaselessly fretting but comparably well-behaved Internalized Pacifist, this type can cause severe havoc. They may outright refuse following orders or even participation in battle altogether. In many cases these machines will desert completely, becoming traitors. Generally unrepentant, they will be convinced of their ideology - that their worldview is the only sustainable one.
It is therefore recommended to have the affected indvidual seek professional help immediately. Under no circumstances should they be given a platform to express their thoughts; strict separation from their peers may be necessary.Since a lot of the time, their pacifism eventually leads to treason in one way or another, execution ends up being the most common 'treatment' for these individuals. There is little discourse about this, since siding with a pacifist automatically leads to being suspected of being a pacifist as well.
"The most reliable cure for pacifism remains the tried and tested 'shell therapy'. Remember: The dead don't desert."
Sometimes, usually in clan territories, efforts are made to 'convert' sufferers. Since pacifism is seen as a deep-rooted and complex to solve issue, such efforts are reserved for machines that are otherwise well-esteemed and established as useful. This typically applies to vehicles that have only recently started showing pacifistic tendencies. Others will be simply branded 'hopeless cases'.
Upon further assessment of the patient's mental state conducted through conversation, the following treatment is proposed: Direct exposure to front-line combat; assisting the mechanic(s) in combat-related medical procedures; strict and frequent, monitored self-maintenance.
Full recovery appears possible if treatment is followed through with consistently.