The depths of violence

October 19, 2013 Comments Off on The depths of violence

Violence is not merely killing another. It is violence when we use a sharp  word, when we make a gesture to brush away a person, when we obey because  there is fear. So violence isn’t merely organized butchery in the name of  God, in the name of society or country. Violence is much more subtle, much  deeper, and we are inquiring into the very depths of violence.
When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European,  or anything else, you are being violent. Do you know why it is violent?  Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you  separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds  violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to  any country, to any religion, to any political party or system; he is  concerned with the total understanding of mankind.  –   Krishnamurti, Freedom from the Known,  pp 51-52

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