Violence in the shadow of Love
Domestic violence, on whatever scale it
is perpetrated, has at its roots the self-assumed ownership of other
people. This, in turn, leads to the secondary self-assumed right to
make demands, to dominate, and to inflict injury. The so-called 'divine rights of
self-assumed on this basis, just as they are similarly so assumed by
spouses over another, or parents over their children.
Another striking example of this sort is the infamous US National Security Memorandum 222 that calls for an effective population reduction in the third world countries, especially in Africa, in order that the potentially developing people won't use up their regions' natural resources which the American and aligned countries might require in future years. This depopulation objective became a part of U.S. foreign policy in 1975. Six years later AIDS exploded in Africa which may indeed depopulate the African continent dramatically.
These examples are but a few of the countless examples that could be cited, which include the enforcement of free trade in dope by war (the Opium Wars against China), which further include slave trading, the instigation of two world wars, the Nazi holocaust, the bombing of Hiroshima, and so on, not to mention the countless civil wars that were conjured up all over the world, and the political persecutions that included the torturing of people by their own government.
Is this violence any different from the violence of a fist striking the face of a spouse within the boundary of the marriage bond that is often seen as an ownership bond of one another? The very marriage vows, "To have and to hold..." incorporate an ownership notion. Marriage should be a melting of hearts in mutual commitment to enrich one another's existence. It shouldn't be a boundary for mutual confinement or ownership that fosters disrespect and violence. It should be a microcosm of love that enriches the world like a sun illumines its universe. Can this be achieved? What would hinder us?
*(The Impact of Science Upon Society - New York: Simon and Schuster, 1953), pp102-104)
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