Violence Begets Violence

I always say we live in a time no different from any other, yet we think that this time is the hardest, roughest and worst of all, in comparison to what has gone before but, really, nothing has truly changed, has it? Still some would go as far as to say we’re living in the end times. Huh? Maybe technology has changed, massively so, but humans have always been the way we are today as we were yesterday; doing what humans do, the best and worse to each other from the dawn of time.

When Mt. Vesuvius exploded, destroying Pompeii in volcanic ash and lava, drowning the entire city in 79 CE, I am sure they said it was the end of their days. The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people and peaking in Europe in the years 1346–53. They probably bawled Judgement Day has come too! And when the largest recorded earthquake in the United States, a magnitude 9.2 struck Prince William Sound, Alaska on Good Friday, March 28, 1964 while the largest recorded earthquake in the world, at a magnitude 9.5 (Mw) in Chile on May 22, 1960; I am certain the populace screamed the same message sameway. Not to mention the number of conflicts and the death of millions of people that has occurred from the time we have been on the Earth, just check Google – the Wikipedia list is exhaustive.

The point is, there will be more. Just think about Syria, Pakistan, Congo, Chicago, Kingston or even recently, Orlando. There will be wars. There will be violence. There will be deaths. Unfortunately. And as long as humans use their creative talents to build weapons of death, think and behave selfishly, the conveyor belt of hate, greed and self-serving will continue. But, funnily enough,  there is also enough love, compassion, kindness, consideration and care in the world too; it’s about what kind of connection we wish to make and have with others.

A balance will return when equality, justice and the debunking of doctrines and propaganda enables humans to return to basic humanness and a level of peace, love and harmony. But I guess for many of us just stripping away the isms (as Bob Marley always said!) is difficult to do and why we and the world will have a long time to wait when violence no longer begets violence.

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