Why We’re Here

Violence is a cycle. Always. A person who is harmed seeks to do harm in return; and after they have done it, somebody will
seek to hurt them back.

The cycle continues.

It is in every “I am justified in demonizing them, they are evil.” It is in every “You can’t blame me, they started it.” It is in every “It was necessary to eliminate the threat.”

Satellite: Suomi-NPP Sensor: VIIRS Date: 9 April 2015 Description:  Data from six orbits of the Suomi-NPP spacecraft have been assembled  into this perspective composite of southern Africa and the surrounding oceans.  Tropical Cyclone Joalane is seen over the Indian Ocean. Data used:   The image was constructed from six orbits of surface reflectance (rhos)   data using the 671, 551, and 443 nm bands for red, green, and blue   respectively. Projection:  near-sided perspective projection from 8300 kilometers above 50 South by 40 East Projection details:  mapproject -Rd -JG40/-50/2.3/0/0/0/60/60/150 Image created by: Norman Kuring

It is in every argument that ends in hostility; it is in every clash of politics and values. It is in everything that makes our lives hell.

The hardest thing in the world is to break that cycle. We are animals, designed for an environment where survival depended on striking at the enemy as hard as he strikes at you.

Which is why we still have violence, even though everyone agrees that it’s a bad thing.

Recognizing this common thread in everything that holds us back from our potential; recognizing its manifestation within ourselves, within our everyday lives; recognizing the violence we do in response to what has been done to us; recognizing the effects of that violence which we do on ourselves.

That is what this place is about.

Violence is not determined by blood and guts and gore; the word itself stems from “violation.” It is about an assault on something; a strike against its being, its essence, its right to exist.

It is in the outrage you feel at yourself for being who you are. About the outrage you feel at others for being who they are. It is in the outrage you have at those who propagate beliefs or values different from your own. It is about the rage that others have at you, that has infected you with self-hatred.

Stopping the cycle is the hardest thing in the world. It is also the most important.

We all say we want a better world.

Let’s go make one.

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