Civilization is built around the rule of law and gentlemanly conduct. Without it, we'd be prone to our instinctive, savage ways. Of course, back in the old, in fact, really old days, settling disputes with our fellow man didn't necessarily need to happen in a courtroom or with mediation. The drawing of blood was still considered an honorable way to resolve problems.
Yes, when one man was insulted by another, or needed to step up to defend the honor of their wives, lovers or other relations, he would take off his glove, slap the other man across the face with it and challenge him to a duel. It was a structured way of giving into our most passionate human impulses, and I for one think it should be reinstated as a legitimate form of conflict resolution.
Firstly, dueling doesn't necessarily mean one party needs to die. Dueling with firearms certainly poses a greater risk than those with swords, but so long as the round doesn't pierce any vital organs or arteries, the injured party should be fine. Duelists are usually accompanied by close friends anyway, so help is usually just a moment away. However, considering the danger involved with guns, I think swords are a better bet for everyone.
Swords are more elegant than guns, and when controlled properly, can draw blood without hacking off any limbs or causing anything more than an easily repairable gash. Parties involved in sword fights would of course need to receive the proper training if they expect to come out on top. Thankfully, fencing instructors are still fairly easy to come by.
It might also prevent the prevalence of murder, so long as everyone respects the outcome of duels. Men fighting over a woman, or over any number of other potentially violent situations, would have to relent after they were bested in a sword fight, which seems a whole lot better than death as an outcome.
It seems a whole lot more civilized than making people sit in a courtroom for days on end, listening to hours of testimony and then not finding a real resolution anyway. Besides, if we can't solve our own problems, what good are we as a people?Would you use dueling as a form of conflict resolution?