posted on Oct, 6 2012 @ 07:15 AM
Just popping in again here.
Again we see people distinguishing between acts of hatred/cruelty to our fellow beings and acts of violence.
It is true, as an earlier poster stated, that we in the modern western society have distanced ourselves from the slaughtering of animals for food. But
that's just us, go to a third world country and you'll can see that people who live with their animals have no qualms about lobbing the head off a
chicken or dispatching a pig or a goat, and westerners are deemed squeamish for their revulsion at these acts, but we westerners have no problems
wolfing down the meat when it has been made to look like something it originally didn't. But then again, if starvation was a factor, I believe our
social niceties would fall away rapidly.
I would agree with the general premise that humans naturally are hesitant when it comes to killing other humans, but that is just one level of
violence, and there have been studies that show that a lot of people are reluctant to harm others because of the repercussions that may be incurred
upon themselves. This is an unsavory thing to contemplate. I always think of the violence that was enacted by people on each other in New Orleans
during the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in 2005. Law and order vanished and chaos ensued.
The 'repercussion factor' is where laws came from, and we can see in ancient legal systems that early societies were very concerned about social
harmony in the sense of reimbursing the families of victims and punishing perpetrators. This is where the term 'outlaw' comes from, one who chooses
not to live under the protection of a chieftain(for example) and his set of laws, this person is exempt from said laws, but if wrongs are done upon
him by another he cannot sue for justice. We don't have this option nowadays. But early laws came into existence for a reason, people needed
protection from other people.
Back to violence, as I see it, an act of aggression resulting in damage or harm. It's always been with us. How can you use a spear non-violently?
Oldest wooden spear
edit on 6-10-2012 by seabhac-rua because: (no reason given)