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Is the World Getting More Violent?

Young child soldier with gun

The Dalai Lama’s book “The Art of Happiness in Troubled World” (the third in a series) has an interesting take on violence in general (and fear). Unfortunately, it more the writing of the psychologist, Howard C. Cutter, backing up the Dalai Lama with scientific studies than it is the Dalai Lama speaking. Therefore, it is a rather tedious book to read, but worth it.

Something I found very interesting was that the Dalai Lama believes we are not violent by nature. To back up his views, scientific evidence stated by the psychologist, H. C Cutter, indicates that violence is on a decline and at a relative historical low. In hunter-gatherer societies, for example, it is estimated there was a 30% death rate by violence among males.

Where they get these numbers I do not know. I was skeptical, so let’s arbitrarily cut in in one-third to 10%. If you are really skeptical cut it down to one-sixth or 5 %, as I did. The study then goes on to estimate the slaughters of the Twentieth Century including murders, all wars and genocides by total population and arrives at less than 1 % of total population. If this is true we really have made progress!  We have more dangerous weapons of destruction, yet we have less violence by percentage of population. That is really quite amazing, and somewhat difficult to believe.

Another study in the book mentions that as violence dropped in the 1980s media reporting of violence increased by over 450%. This is because violent news sells and our brains are more geared to tune into violent news rather than happy news due to our inherited evolutionary tendencies such as fight or flight. Our brains are weird to notice danger and things that are wrong as that is what our predecessors had to do in order to survive. We focus and amplify by nature. In short – as violence has decreased, news reporting on violence had increased exponentially.

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Reference: The Art of Happiness in Troubled World

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The New Proclamation – I AM Free

The New Proclamation – I will no longer accept appearances. I will no longer accept the world’s manipulations and lies. I will no longer accept sickness or the sickness others. I will proclaim truth, health, and wellness instead. photo razor barbed wire

I will no longer accept my limited finances as a reality of life. I will proclaim wealth and riches instead. I will no longer accept the prison of my employment as part of life. I will proclaim freedom instead.

I will no longer accept anything that the world proclaims or teaches. From now on, it will be suspect and subject to questioning, for so much of it has proven untrue. I will see and seek the truth instead. I will accept only on the facts of this world that are of benefit to me or everyone else. I will cast away the rest of their teachings of bondage.

I will no longer see myself as a prisoner of this life and world. I will proclaim that I am a spiritual being and a member of a different world. I will let no man or women of the world led me or guide me. I will strive to listen to the voice of God, the Creator, the Supreme Force, the True Source of all that is real.

It is finished. I am not of this world. I am a spiritual being. I will grow into that spirit that the World is preventing me from becoming. And if some dare to say, I am wrong so what? Won’t we all just die the same then anyway? There is and can be no added loss in this path, unlike the world’s path that proves loss and suffering over and over again. On the contrary, there can only be gain on this path.

Today I depart from the tyranny and enslavement this world and begin the journey to Truth, justice, freedom and the True Reality that our captors in this world so fear
us from finding. From now on, I am free. We are all free. Today I seek Truth and only Truth.

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