Is It Possible to End Violence?

June 23rd ~ When you talk about violence, what do you mean by it?  It is really quite an interesting question, if you go into it deeply, to inquire whether a human being, living in this world, can totally cease to be violent.  Societies, religious communities, have tried not to kill animals, what about the vegetables?”  You can carry it to such an extent that you would cease to exist.  Where do you draw the line?  Is there an arbitrary line according to your ideal, to your fancy, to your norm, to your temperament, to your conditioning, and you say, “I’ll go up to there but not beyond”?  Is there a difference between individual anger, with violent action on the part of the individual,  and the organized hatred of a society which breeds and builds up an army to destroy another society?  Where, at what level, and what fragment of violence are you discussing, or do you want to discuss whether man can be free of total violence, not a particular fragment which he calls violence? . . . . 

We know what violence is without expressing in words, in phrases, in action.  As a human being in whom the animal is still very strong, in spite of centuries of so-called civilization, where shall I begin?  Shall I begin at the periphery, which is society, or at the center, which is myself?  You tell me not to be violent, because it is ugly.  You explain to me all the reasons, and I see that violence is a terrible thing in human beings, outwardly and inwardly.  Is it possible to end this violence?

 

January 13th, 2020 ~ Talking about this subject like this helps.  It helps to be aware that we are a violent society.  We project our violence onto others.  Here, we have to step back and see whether we are violent and what to do about it.

Reference

As in most posts on Zentrepreneurial.com, italicization of words refers to the words of either Jiddu Krishnamurti or Albert Low.  The website writer’s words are in regular text.

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