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Is Violence Human Nature? - I Say No

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IF WE WANT TO DO AN ASSESSMENT OF THE PROBLEM OF VIOLENCE IN THE WORLD, AND OUR PLACE IN THAT MATRIX, we could look at 3 categories of violence. Of course there is visible violence, that we hear reported every day.  We could also make the distinction of Invisible Violence, which takes place in all kinds of suppression of the weak and dependent by the strong and controlling. One might be surprised by how much of this invisible violence takes place within the family unit.

Then we could distinguish Utterly Invisible Violence, which is society’s denial of an open space to even consider an emotional response to the first two categories of victimhood. If we are forced to deny our natural emotional response then we are also denied the chance to heal from the original wounds that were perpetrated upon us.

 * Visible violence occurs in the family home * in violent crime * in the economic exploitation of the consumer, * in the ongoing exploitation of Africa, Asia and Central/South America * in ecological destruction * in military violence and war.  Always the perpetrator of violence will make a justification that we acted in self defense, or for the good of society or for the good of the world, or even for the ultimate good of the victim.  Both sides will have these stories until it is unclear what has happened.  

Is it the one who shouts the loudest that gets believed, or the one that controls the most newspapers? The real perpetrators have no qualms about just screaming blatantly that “black is white”.

Often not considered in recounting visible violence are * institutional (socially endorsed) violence: * police, * legal and prison systems * poverty, * homelessness.  Here we also make justifications that: 

People are in jail because they are predators.  

They’re poor because they refuse to work for a living.  

They’re homeless because they don’t know how to plan, 

(or they probably drink all their rent payments.)  

Certainly there are problems, like drugs, which in part are a reaction rather than the cause.  It’s a somebody that also perpetrates this institutional violence, and we are supposed to believe that it is all done for the good of society, and that we should cooperate with these perpetrators.

Invisible Violence gets reported much less often. True there are lots of reports, but the percentage reported in relation to the occurrences we might assume are less than 1 in 100 or even a 1 in 1000 (and upwards) that reach the surface of our awareness.  Most people don’t want to hear about it and the same with the institutions, police etc. “Leave it invisible, and don’t rattle our chain about it.”

There are lots of readily apparent reasons to ignore and disbelieve in violence perpetrated on others. If done to ourselves of course, it’s a different matter.

• Primarily we are busy building our own lives.  Maybe we operate at a survival level which leaves no spare time to consider others?

• Maybe we have worked hard to fulfil our dream and now we want to live that dream.  Hopefully we had gotten some satisfaction along the way too.

• We can’t solve everyone’s problems.  In this world of specialty, it is someone else’s specialty to see to these concerns.  I made (make) my contribution in another sphere.

• When violence gets so obtrusive that we can’t seem to keep it out there are a million ways to downplay it or to insulate from it, basically deny it.  If we admit it to ourselves, our innate sense of justice and morality might force us to do something about it.  Outwardly “I can’t see anything that I can do.” (Just feeling bad for the other is no solution.  So I won’t even do that.)  I’ll block my feelings.

• Of course that’s so easy in modern society because we have all spent a lifetime of having our feelings blocked, until we learned to take care of that blocking job ourselves.  We have bought into the definition that feelings only get in your way, and not that they are god-given components of our bodily system which are designed to bring us through alarming circumstances.

• If you really would like to discuss the root cause, other people’s suffering opens the hidden box of our own suffering, which we have successfully buried.  Opening that box is a very painful and ungrounding experience.  Who even knows if it can be closed again, or if it will dissipate in any other way?

From our easy chair of innocence (I never even hurt a fly) we can consider the perpetrators of violence.

*The perpetrators of violence, both criminal and institutional (like the police, prisons and courts) project some unfinished and perplexing episode in their own lives onto their victims and see the solution of their bad feelings, their fear, rage, anger and aggression to dig into the victim.  Sure there are laws that these institutional elements try to enforce, but the whole legal system is based on a slant toward reality that says “if you have it, we’ll help you keep it.”  “If you don’t have it, for whatever reason, get lost.”

**Then there are the overt collaborators, or co-perpetrators of violence.  They’re like chickens, that when they realise one chick is sickly, they peck it to death.  Clearly even to contemplate to protect the sick chick will bring on a rash of pecks.  It’s the basis for stoning to death.  When the stones are hurled the co-perpetrator's fear for their own safety makes these people collaborate.

***Finally there are the covert collaborators. That is a massive grouping of people (everyone else except for the activist objectors).  This is the group to whom I am principally writing, that blindly let the perpetrators of violence get away with it.  Of course it isn’t at all blindly, but they pretend that they know nothing, and really don’t want to know a thing about the other's battle with injustice.  They only listen to the lies of their convenience.

****Along with the activist or vocal objectors, we are all in one of these 4 categories about what is going on in the world today.  Perhaps it is no different today than in the past.  A small group of individuals (I would like to say demons) benefit from the conflict among others and especially from the destruction of the other’s society.  Then they can come in and pick up the pieces, and claim ownership of what’s left.

In World War One these (very few) demons killed 10 million people by the slow process of the continuous rat-tat-tat of conventional machine-gun fire, for 4 years and 4 months. In the early 50's all the bombs dropped on Germany and Japan were piled into N. Korea in 3 short years, killing hordes of people but not matching the WWI dedication to the job.

Now it is a different ballgame, where one well-place H-bomb could easily vaporise those 10 million souls. That’s not the first plan of action of course. The sleeper populations are so sure that nuclear deterrence is working. But the first plan is to get bunker buster nukes into play, to get the world used to accept that nuclear bombing is normal.  Most likely it will surprise its way in, through a 2nd and worse USA false flag 9/11 type event.  This was stated blatantly by Dick Cheney, it's not my fantasy.

The latest 2017 briefing to the US president from the Joint Chiefs of Staff is that “we” would be the winners of an all out nuclear confrontation.  What kind of a winner is that?  How could even the oligarchy consider that all of their assets and properties,  all of their money and all of their markets will be destroyed or contaminated? YET THEY DO, and they all have their underground bunkers to prove it.

It is time for all people to locate themselves on one of the four levels of the perpetration of violence. (Remember the forth is the objector to violence or the activist.)  Most Americans and Europeans are as unfree and suffocated as the Iraqi and the Syrian people in stopping this war machine that has caused irreparable damages to all parties affected. The only difference here is that the politically powerless and suffocated Americans and Europeans are not forced to live in refugee camps. This gives many the illusion of “privilege” and “democracy”, and therefore slows down any serious action to do something about what is going on. By pointing out this reality, one is immediately labeled as “un-American”, “anti-American”, or other misleading adjectives and accusations to silence any voices seeking to change this bleak reality. 

Now the ball must surely be in your court.

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Political Change

We cannot have political change without personal transformation. We cannot focus solely on individual growth and neglect the world around us. Each of us must integrate and make meaning through our own personal journey, our unique biography and individual embodiment and understanding. We can learn about love through theory, but ultimately love is only in the experience. We must learn and practise the skills of love.

To know love we need to step outside the deeply entrenched paradigm and vicious vortex of violence. We go underneath, around and through the cracks with subversive and resourceful pluck. We create a new system based on love and leave the old system behind, outdated and surpassed. It takes enormous courage, resilience and hard work. We name and face violence squarely. We have a steadfast refusal to fight violence with violence. We face every bit of un-love within ourselves so we can wield our new-found love as the most powerful political force that we have. We bring together the personal, the spiritual, the political to find a love that will change the world. May love be the revolution. 

We are love activists and we strive so that love will triumph over violence. Success is not guaranteed. Our work is our prayer: may love find a way. Or at times, a desperate plea: please let love prevail. We work with and through anguish and despair: how can love possibly survive? And sometimes our work is a knowing: love will find a way. Love will find a way.

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