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2010-04-27 We Are The Network: What Would it Take to Create a Non-Violent Human Society?

April 25th, 2010

What Would it Take to Create a Non-Violent Human Society?

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This Tuesday, Apr 27, at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

What Would it Take to Create a Non-Violent Human Society?

Anger. Conflict. Bombings. War. Threats of violence.

Are these things endemic to the human condition? Is violence built in to humans, in an unavoidable way? There have been long debates in academic and non-academic circles about this topic, with strong positions on both sides.

Rather than debate whether violence is preventable, what if we thought about the issue from a different perspective? If we were to assume that it is possible to create a non-violent human society, what steps might be necessary to make a transition from where we are to the removal of violence as a constant in our world? What would this transformed world look like if we could “snap our fingers and have it be done”?

Are there downsides to the creation of a non-violent society? Are there parts of our culture, belief system, economy and psychological well-being that are reliant on the presence of violence in society (perhaps that is why the goal of non-violence is so hard to achieve)?

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon U.S. Pacific / 3pm U.S. Eastern time for an interactive discussion, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

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Best regards,


Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within, 2nd Ed., by Matthew McKay, PhD, Peter D. Rogers, PhD, Judith McKay, PhD

Anger in Society Today

Anger and Society, Sam Vaknin, PhD
Part 1 http://www.globalpolitician.com/22331-governance
Part 2 http://www.globalpolitician.com/22336-governance

Toward a Civil Society: Anger Management Using GS and the Techniques of the Professional Actor (excerpt)

Healing Anger and Violence in Our Society, Margaret Paul, PhD

Boiling Point Report: “Anger Endemic in British Society”

A Sign of Empire Pathology: More US military personnel have taken their OWN lives than have died in action

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Joel Foner (Second Life: Joel Savard)


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