Violence … Becomes … Us?
I’m quoting the entire post because it is short. It is from vindicius blog. We have always been violent. As Pinker says, violence is at an all time low. Look at the news around you and remember that this is the least violent this planet and species has ever been. One might argue that this is the most civilized we’ve ever been but I think there is room to argue on that point.
How much of the violence in the news is religiously oriented? Did gods make people do that? Does it matter, they use god as an excuse. Perhaps it was much more brutal, but when apes killed other apes over territory it was at least honest. Killing with divine sanction is just murder with an alibi that you’re following orders. Whose is not certain but none will argue much if you say god told you to do it, that it’s god’s law you were enforcing. It’s a shame that gods won’t enforce their own laws so we can live in peace.
The Freedom to Kill
The illusion of gun violence is becoming quite annoying. We seem to be under the impression that it is only guns that kill our children, the neighbors down the street or the people in another country. We seem to think that a gun is by its nature a very bad thing. We seem to think these things because we are not thinking rationally, but overly emotional.
To illustrate my point: If someone were to place a gun on a table or surface of some sort, the gun would not randomly begin pointing at people and shooting at will. A baseball bat will not bludgeon to death anyone all by itself, nor will a knife begin slashing people by way of freewill. Bombs explode, but their parts will not arrange themselves in the order they are eventually found.
No, these are not weapons, but tools. And tools do not become weapons until they are placed in the hands of those who intend to use them as such. We have become (or worse, still are) a people who assess blame on the object of the crime and not on the person responsible. A trend does not illustrate truth, for the only trend in murder is the human being responsible for the act. It has been this way throughout our existence, though we seem to forget ourselves as the prime tool in need of repair.
I can call for mental-health reform all I want, though in the world of today we seem to distance our mental illnesses far from the reality of our troubled nature. Deep down we all have the freedom to kill, and that is certainly something to be afraid of. But so long as we ignore the darker side of our natures, we will forever drown ourselves in the depths of denial. And that is not a place where humanity can survive.
Is a gun really different than the bone in this picture? Does the tool change the problem? Should the gods have removed all the bones from the face of the earth? Would it have helped?
Did we become violent … or did violence become us?
What say you, my hairless ape cousins?