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Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?

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Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.

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Constance F (418)
Friday April 19, 2013, 10:48 pm
Wow ! I was just talking to a friend tonite about this issue to some degree. It started with the disease of cancer. Cancer as explained by a german philospher who's name now escapes me, describe it not only as a disease of our time, but when analyzing cancer in itself, it is a rougue and fiercely individualistic cell that chooses NOT to belong, not to cooperate, not to see itself as part of a community that feeds the whole, but splits off and choose a sort of tyrannous little cluster on it's own. I am not describing it as profoundly as this philsopher did - wish you were there - but BINGO. It sure made sense. We were all brought up to believe in the individual - individual rights, individual success - o we glorify that - self reliance - all hail....yada, yada, and in so doing we have not only have isolated ourselves, there is so little compassion - how could we not fear ! Just the fact that millions of Americans hadn't access to basic health insurance and the fact that many Americans didn't give a crap that so many people have suffered for years, all alone with out this basic - what I see is as a basic human right. On and on it goes too. As soon as ex pres Bush went into office - he cut off federal unemployment benefits leaving people with 6 months to pull up their britches to get a job or die. on and on it goes.... And inherent in cooperation and community - compassion is key. Seeing other as self. Other as self. And you can teach it. You have to feel it.

pam w (139)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:58 am
I believe those who will argue that our tendencies toward violence are the result of our genetic legacy. Chimpanzees (who, along with bonobos are our nearest relatives) are male-led and solve problems with violence, ''might makes right'' intimidation and dirty tricks.

Remember the opening of "2001?" An ape picks up a bone and uses it as a tool....that's accurate. That first tool was most likely a CLUB!

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:08 am

What if that first tool was something to dig out food? If we consider that possibility than we do not have the excuse that violence in built into our genetic make up and can not be changed. We have lived in urban societal enclaves for most of written history (yes, written and history are redundant). We have made rules of conduct that we must live within to make those societies prosper. For the vast majority of humans those rules of containing violent eruptions are managed by outside and meaningful rules that apply to all of us.

lee e (114)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 9:42 am
What a great article - a relief to get away from the "politics" which this week has been a plague!
What hit me most is that we must have "wanted" children brought up with a good sense of self esteem and taught how precious is human life - and that our fellow citizens on this planet must be respected - since as Buddhism teaches we are inter-connected!
I felt a nice sense of optimism from this, and since I am largely a cynical being - I really appreciated it - thanks Kit!

Isa Villanen (44)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 10:02 am
Food for thought...
Read and notes, also shared

Elle B (84)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 11:39 am
Thank-you for posting Kit.

When human beings become divorced from the very essence that genuinely empowers their existence. . .they react from within confused states of blindness to regain a genuine state of being. Lashing out in rage born of fear and pain...desparately fighting to grab onto what they intuitively know they have lost hold of but is yet still there to grasp. . .

Words of the wise...from many walks and many ages. . .

"The old Lakota was wise. He knew that man's heart away from nature becomes hard; he knew that lack of respect for growing, living things soon led to lack of respect for humans too." ―Ota Kte, Lakota [December 1868-February 20, 1939], (aka: Chief Luther Standing Bear) 1st Nation Author/Actor/"Speaker of the People"

“Our incredible bewilderment (wilderness separation) blinds us from seeing that our many personal and global problems primarily result from our assault of and separation from the natural creation process within and around us. Our estrangement from nature leaves us wanting,and when we want there is never enough. Our insatiable wanting is called greed. It is a major source of our destructive dependencies and violence.” ― Michael J. Cohen, (December 14, 1929―) Eco-psychologist

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.” ― Edward Abbey, Author/Environmentalist

"The mind, in proportion as it is cut off from free communication with nature, with revelation, with God, with itself, loses its life, just as the body droops when debarred from the air and the cheering light from heaven." ―Willam Ellery Channing, (April 7, 1780 – October 2, 1842), Unitarian Minister

"You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters." ―St. Bernard of Clairvaux [Born in 1090, at Fontaines, near Dijon, France; died at Clairvaux, 21 August, 1153]

"And this our life, exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,
Sermons in stones, and good in everything."
―William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 1599

"If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen." ―Henry David Thoreau, American writer (1817-1862)

"Hills are always more beautiful than stone buildings, you know. Living in a city is an artificial existence. Lots of people hardly ever feel real soil under their feet, see plants grow except in flower pots, or get far enough beyond the street light to catch the enchantment of a night sky studded with stars. When people live far from scenes of the Great Spirit's making, it's easy for them to forget his laws."

"We saw the Great Spirit's work in almost everything: sun, moon, trees, wind and mountains. [...] I think we have a true belief in the supreme being, a stronger faith than that of most whites who have called us pagans....Indians living close to nature and nature's ruler are not living in darkness. " Tatanga Mani [1871-1967], Stoney, Canada [aka :Walking buffalo] Nakhóta, Îyârhe Nakoda

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." ―Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)


. (0)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:29 pm
Thanks for the post, Kit, enjoyed!

M B (62)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:56 pm
Thank you so much for the post, green stars for you, unfortunately I'm out of them. Think of what HH the Dalai Lama says..."nobody wants to compassionate, and you become a better person"; thats very important:

Jo S (619)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 3:15 pm
Thank you so much Kit, again you gave me so much food for thought.
Signed,noted & shared.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 5:43 pm
Very good questions? Out fears stop us from advancing. We all could do better myself included.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 6:56 pm
Noted , thank you !

Judy C (97)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:11 pm
The discussion above contains lots of truth. Frances Moore Lappe offers much food for thought. This article reminds me of a passage I've read lots of times. According to wise man Bill Wilson, ""Fear is an evil, corroding thread; the fabric of our lives is shot through with it." Fear is surely a bar to reason, and to love, and of course it invariably powers anger, vainglory and aggression. It underlies maudlin guilt and paralyzing depression. President Roosevelt once made the significant remark that "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

We have to be careful of what we give space to in our minds. The fear-mongering in the media has reached toxic proportions. Politicians, especially the Right Wing, cultivate fear in its adherents.

We are all impermanent in our current form, and fear annihilation. If we practice compassion and try to help others, the fear dissolves away. We are not alone.

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:15 pm

Well said, Judy and thank you for those remarks.

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 7:22 pm
An Amazing post kit Thank you

Kit B (276)
Saturday April 20, 2013, 8:08 pm

Thank you Rose, I too was very impressed with this writing.

paul m (93)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 4:40 am


Faye Swan (23)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 5:52 am
Noted - thank you!

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 12:04 pm
Adding my thanks, Kit.
This article makes complete sense to me. I've long been wondering why The Powers That Be presiding over the gov't of America have allowed the economy to get so bad that people aren't even left with their dignity anymore.

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday April 21, 2013, 1:13 pm

Deborah W (6)
Monday April 22, 2013, 9:42 am
We must first have leadership that also believes this. IF NOT, only we have the power and choice to change things. As parts of the one whole, we can through awareness and smart choices. Will we, that's another issue.

divergent revolution (309)
Monday April 22, 2013, 12:40 pm
Noted.if only people were secure and not greedy,it might work.
given the people I see everyday in the real world,in Mob speak; fuhgedaboudid

Pat B (356)
Tuesday April 23, 2013, 7:56 am
Thank you, Kit for this great article...makes one think...

Anne Woods (23)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 5:08 am
it all comes down to love

Alex Keir (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:47 pm
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