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Thinking A Way from Violence

From: user 1.
Sent on: Sunday, March 17, 2013 6:42 AM
Focusing Our Ending our Violence Discussion Monday:
Well we appear to have a health mix of people for the discussion on how we might figure a pathway from the violence we see daily in our lives, particularly in this country, and particularly since it seems to be so pervasive in our media presence of today.  Please consider coming to the Carrollwood Cultural Center Monday night if you haven’t already.  Go to the link below if you wish to join in.
In thinking about thinking this through tomorrow, I will go back to the three rails that I mentioned in the introduction.  From that, here are some simple statements/questions we can bring up, but as always you can take things where you may.
Violence as a Consideration in Philosophy
There are many considerations that try to distinguish individual versus collective, group violence.  Is not a focus on individual violence the way forward since if one commits to eschew aggression personally it will bleed every else in its own course?
Doesn’t morality as an argument against violence just introduce clutter into our efforts to do the better thing?
Is a walk-away, not flight, response the most proper way to move us to a better place on getting along?
The Historical Trend Away from Violence
From the amazingly researched book by Steven Pinker The Better Angels of Our Nature, the basic thesis is that we are becoming less violent over time and it is sort of a quickening.  Is this rubbish?
Is the real reason for us becoming less violent, if it is the case, that cooperation is the better way to go over competition?
Violence in the Popular Culture
Many are worried that violence in our entertainment is evidence we are headed to a bad place.  Is it not possible that the great majority of this is cathartic and subversively showing us the better way?
That amazing film A History of Violence centers in the nature/nurture debate that rages on always.  If, as in the film, the better answer is to seek the comfort of a cooperative, nurturing place, can this lead us away from our problematic tendencies.
And in the end despite the awfulness that is sold us on the news everywhere, shouldn’t we be optimistic that several generations from now things will be better?
See you tomorrow night if you can make it.
Dale Friedley
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