The most dangerous men on earth are those who are afraid that they are wimps. Wars have been started for less. The main motives for violence [are] the fear of shame and ridicule, and the overbearing need to prevent others from laughing at oneself by making them weep instead. (Dr. James Gilligan)
To really understand something, we gotta get up close and personal with it. Sometimes this is done by choice, other times it happens through lived experiences forced upon us.
The dominant euro-religious-colonist culture that inflicts and imposes itself on the entire planet wholly relies on violence to uphold its greedy, narcissistic. de-humanized self. Being embedded in such a culture insidiously traumatizes ALL of us, to different degrees and dependent on our social place, i.e. how life has played out for us (much of which is out of our control), what kind of family and community we were born into, our genetics, our relationships, and so on. Continue reading