It is possible to wipe out 98% of the violence in our culture, in
10 years, with even just the few methods in "Ending Violent Crime",
shared earlier. All it would take is enough people.
When I look at problems, I "chunk up" to core solutions. M. Scott
Peck wrote an entire book, "Civility", on respect.
Respect is the center of the circle of community. Violence is a
learned behavior. The base of that instruction is disrespect. I
saw a news article on TV last night; a shield used to shock prison
inmates with 50,000 volts. That's my culture, all reaction and no
Once respect is taught, then there is "feeding interest", i.e.
finding out what fascinations people have, then feeding them as
possible. ALL community networking is "bridgebuilding", connecting
interest with resource. People pursuing their fascinations have
little time for violence.
We cannot expect governments to initiate effective anti-violence
programs [or, in their positive counterpart, community-enhancing
programs], because governments are mostly based on force, and
violence. Thus, there is no reason to feel resentment about their
lack of interest. You might as well expect a granite cliff to form
itself spontaneously into apartments.
The job will be done by people in local communities, who gradually
model the benefit of being in a healthy community, similar to that
described in "Journey to the Ancestral Self", by Tamarack Song, and
"Return to Creation", by Manitonquat.
I put these ideas out at every opportunity, everywhere I am. I
market them addictively, in whatever frame people will accept them
in. Yesterday, I reached 20 people at once, in a meeting my boss
required me to attend. However hopeless it may appear, it is still
possible for one person to make a difference.
Last year, Smithsonian mag had an article on community development.
In reviewing Banana Kelly, the Bronx neighborhood where Colin
Powell grew up, it noted that ALL significant community development
begins with one person. Not even Margaret Mead's small group, ONE
PERSON. It crystallizes from there.
Consider the violence you do your community, by imagining yourself
as anything less than totally powerful when aligned with your
mission in life.
It CAN be done, and we can have fun doing it. Indeed, we must have
fun doing it; Manitonquat notes that the creator put fun on the
earth, to mark out correct solutions.
So let's ask the core question: How can we have more fun attracting
people into their fascinations, away from violent behavior?
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