Humanity and Violence

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Our hope for humanity’s survival, flickers and dies along with the innocents of Peshawar.

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48 thoughts on “Humanity and Violence

  1. In 2000 years+ of progress, have we really made any? Peshawar was preceded by senseless violence and Sydney Australia confirms that nothing has changed since. If all the major religions are preaching peace and harmony, why isn’t the message getting trough? Lots of questions. No answers. Very sad.

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  2. I have just heard on the news about the school killings today. My reference to Peshawar was based on the senseless killing in 2013. My sincere apologies to anybody who may have been offended by my comment. Being a parent, my heart goes out to everybody there.

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  3. My daughter and I wept over the news yesterday. If God is in his heaven he must be distraught over the evil men do in the name of a deity. The fact is that bad people do bad things. There’s no other way to see it really.

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  4. Perhaps if the standard of living around the world was more equal? Perhaps if the $Billions spent on arms were diverted to bring education up to some world standard? A revenge killing is never the end of an issue. Fighting for peace is a contradiction in logic. I thought we made it quite clear in the 60’s & 70’s that our generation did not support war, did not support nuclear arms, did not support obscene amounts of money being pumped into the military. Did support helping countries develop. Did support world aid. Did support peace. It may not have prevented Peshawar ……. but perhaps it could have? Why doesn’t anybody in authority listen?

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    1. The quote “with great power comes great responsibility” is obsolete in today’s world. The people in authority are busy hoarding all the wealth that they can, perhaps they will even support violence and genocide if they see a profit in it.

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      1. Perhaps we should bring your quote up to date: “With great power comes great irresponsibility”.
        I have no doubt (sadly) that the rest of your comment is true. Even here, we have Russia, Denmark and Canada currently posturing over who has claims to the North Pole (= the perceived minerals deep beneath the ice). Perhaps more women in authority would help the situation? Go for it “girl”.

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      2. Women in authority is a rarity in itself. Yes we do have exceptions. But I guess the consideration should be people in general, not men and women as separate genders. Who’s to say that only men are prone to violence and corrupted and not the women. In some cases men are more considerate and humane than the women. The question of gender is not relevant, because corruption and violence have neither gender nor religion.
        I feel that, Only when authority is exercised selflessly will we see change.

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    2. Maybe they are not the authorities. People in authoritative garb, in authoritative positions, are just people. I think we’ve all been taught for too long to put to much trust, too much of the decision-making power into the hands of those in authoritative garb, in authoritative positions.

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      1. Yes, actually, anarchy is the opposite, but anarchy, again assumes garbed and positioned authority figures as a given. Anarchy, in this sense, implies rebellion, but true anarchy isn’t rebellion nor is it the opposite of obedience. True anarchy takes place when individuals recover their own minds, hearts, and souls, and make that their governing compass. So, anarchy in that sense, is the only means to freedom. It is not an opposite then, because it does not assume any outer authority figure as an immovable or inevitable given. True anarchy is the experience of self-ownership. That is the experience that makes anything possible because it makes all outer authority transient and illusory. It is how true freedom takes place.
        If common individuals expressed and interacted on the planet from that starting point, no outer authority figure, corrupt or otherwise, could hold the kind of power that has caused so many atrocities on our planet.
        True anarchy is the journey to and experience of self-ownership. It is the basis of all sincere human rights activism. To thine own self be true.

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      2. I pressed your blog post and copied and pasted this interaction under it. I would like to rewrite our interaction into one blog post, with your comment in it. I would say “she said ‘True, I guess..” Would that be alright with you? I will probably call it Anarchy and I will clean it up and maybe add a little to it. I have a section on my blog called Inspired by Others that it would go into. I created that section to post comments I’ve made to other posts if they’ve inspired a great post from me. I want to use that section to rewrite inspiring conversations I have with others online or write posts based upon inspiring conversations I’ve had with others.
        I find our interaction inspiring.

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      3. Not a problem. I’ve been pretty busy myself, and I will definitely put up a link to your site, that is part of my idea. The section it will be posted under will be “Inspired by Others”, as well as the regular blog post. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. I believe the question of gender is relevant. Men have a history of power and have shaped our world over 1000’s of years. A man’s viewpoint can easily be influenced by this as they are brought him up in a predominantly male dominant environment. Women, because of their rather different role over the years have the ability to offer a “fresh” viewpoint to many issues.
    Yes I agree that either can be corrupt(ed), just as either can be megalomaniacs, but my belief is that women in power offer us a greater chance at a more amiable world.

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      1. ………. and really …………. what have we got to lose? I seem to recall a study sometime ago that compared productivity and overall job satisfaction in offices that were all male; all female; mixed.
        The mixed office was the clear winner so perhaps a good gender mix is the way to go.

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    1. Please keep in mind that you data is skewed. there are more corrupt men than women in power becasue there are more men in power, period.
      It’s not that I’m against having more women in power – I just think that choosing someone because she’s a woman (and not becuase of other skills she may or may not have) is as bad as not choosing her becasue she’s a woman.
      And another quote to add to the mix: “power corrupts. absolute power corrupts absolutely”

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      1. Yeah, I agree. And a woman when chosen only based on her gender will have no authority as such because the fundamental concept that has lead to her being chosen for a position of authority is that she is more “soft”. This kind of sets the expectations for her future career in politics.

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      2. Or worse, she’s chosen for a position of authority to prove that they are not sexist…
        I think that trends are beginning to change. Slowly, and painfully, but there. Democracy helps – and so does the Internet.

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      3. Voting for a woman because she is a woman, is no better than voting for the person who promises the greater benefits to us. Voting involves some education in the realities of running a government …….. and therein is the downfall of democracy. Education really is everything!

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  6. I hope for peace among *all* people. It seems to me that we all have pretty much the same hopes, dreams, fears, concernsβ€”but we’re always too ready to see only the differences and cultivate only the negative notions. Peace be with *you,* my new friend. And may you continue to help teach others its value as you do here.
    Kathryn

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    1. Education is the only real hope for the world. It dispels ignorance, counters fascism and fanaticism, promotes tolerance and equality and helps find the answers to problems/.
      we have to solve the population crisis before nature is overwhelmed. We have to solve inequality before we destroy ourselves.
      Education can do that.

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      1. Yes I agree. Knowledge and education can bring about a positive change in the society. But quality education must be stressed upon… Not everyone who is literate is “educated”. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  7. Religious fanaticism seems responsible for most of the world’s violence, intolerance and conflict. Perhaps it is time we did away with religion? Check out my views on Opher’s World.

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    1. That night solve problems…. But do you think that’s actually possible? As long as man is alive, religion will prevail… Maybe we just have to realise that its a part of life and use it for good. πŸ™‚

      Checking out your blog now πŸ™‚

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