07 November 2009

Why violence?

On Thursday, an Army major shot and killed several people at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. He was about to be deployed to Iraq.

Then, as if that wasn't enough, yesterday there was a shooting at a Florida office building.

Whether the former inspired the latter is anyone's guess at this point, as far as I know. But it doesn't matter. There is just way too much violence in this world. And, be it a world war or an office shooting, violence is never productive. It only results in needless death and suffering, and no real resolution to the root problems at hand.

Nevertheless, violence begets violence, and I fear that violence will probably always be a part of life as long as human beings live together as a society.

Is there any realistic alternative? Or is human nature simply programmed for violence?

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