What is needed to stop violent cycles?
Level-headed commentary and rational, calm discourse; exactly what’s missing practically everywhere else. Kudos!
Anya, well said. Sacrifice, self-sacrifice as an individual,is a beginning. Until more individuals give up their cherished beliefs and their anger, how can we expect a more humane world. If “love is reflected in love,” then we’d better start loving. Too simplistic?
Love your reports/thoughts/missives/plea’s/ hopes/dreams and efforts “To Look Back, in order to Find a Better Way Forward”.
It is my Hope that someone will step forward...cut through all of the Septic Spin and speak the Truth.... “ We either Flourish Together or Die Separately”.
We are human afterall. God, Infinite Everything, has given us all we need to be what we are. So who am I to say what is good or evil. Only you can decide. We are or seem to be social. And in society we must abide. But nothing is wright or wrong lest I think it so and that is what makes us divide. Throughout history have we yet discovered our given tools we need to survive? It doesnt seem so.
Lovely sentiments, thank you
The violent cycles bring to mind the Furies and The Oresteia. It is application of civilized justice that ends cycles of violent retribution. This often needs to be enforced by third parties.
We humans seem to manage to apply institutionalized justice decently within many societies. But we cannot seem to manage to apply systems of justice between societies. I'd love to see more attempts, tho, to broker peace and institutionalize conflict resolution among nations. The UN gets a lot of flack, but it is one of the few institutions we have to help preserve peace. We should try more not less of that sort of thing, IMO, just with better controls against bad actors, and less veto power for authoritarian nations.
"Can we be humane in the face of horror?"
To be humane after the shock of a horror, perpetrated on a people because of who they are, humanity must first face themselves and take stock of the implications and impacts of 'gut reaction' consequences that are not humane, but are almost always retaliatory and vengeful. Natural defensive responses of survivalist, where as humanist see both acts as abhorrent as they harbor their own fears of if it was them.
So no, it's not yet the human animals nature to be a peacekeeper in the face of human horrors.