I discovered an article written by William Powell, the author of “The Anarchist’s Cookbook.”
Powell argues for his book to taken out of publication and urges us to understand that “violence can’t be used to prevent violence.”
But, the same principle can be applied to the words we say, too.
Equally violent -and often a direct cause of physical violence- is the growing culture of mockery and deception, and the intentional distortion of the character and positions of those we consider adversaries.
This culture seems to be everywhere: the political arena, the playground, the workplace, the local pub, the media, the internet…. everywhere.
For now, cruel talk is king, and our celebration of it continues to poison the well.
Hopefully, there will come a day when the elegance and power of nonviolence will open up to include the way we communicate with our tongues and fingertips.
The impact on progress in politics, the office, and in all communities would be nothing less than remarkable.