OUR VALUES & SPIRITUAL BELIEFS HELP CAUSE THE VIOLENCE

The following excerpt is from the self help
psychology book, Be Your Own Therapist.


Many years ago our population generally believed in good, evil, heaven and the devil. Punishment was expected in the hereafter for all the sins committed on this earthly plane. Few were willing to risk roasting in hell forever when by acting nice one could avoid such a fate. Today, however, believing in just one chance at this incredibly "unjust" world often leads to "reaching for the gusto" even if that means doing others physical or monetary harm. "Why not be violent and greedy if there is nothing to fear? The criminal justice system will probably not catch me. Even if it does, at least I will have had the momentary pleasure of power or money."


So-called spiritual values that consider humans to be essentially evil or flawed still contribute heavily to our problems with violence.

d How many of us believe there is punishment in the hereafter? Christian religions believe there is punishment for sins in this life. Similarly, the idea of karma, (paying back in future lives for wrongdoings this time around) influences the 25% of us who believe in reincarnation. It has become unfashionable to talk of paying for one's sins. Perhaps the 75% or more of us, who do believe that wrongdoings will be paid back, need to vocally object to the widespread media bias against such a belief. Just because it is unfashionable in the media does not mean that that it is undesirable. Continued promulgation of such a belief held only by a minority of the population seems to me to be a definite factor in the continuation of our society's violence.


It has become fashionable to violate laws because they are inconvenient. This is a slippery slope, for more and more often it is not just exceeding 55mph but on to inflating a few income tax deductions (convincing ourselves everyone else does it), to claiming that your group has mistreated mine (so I'll rob you or beat you), and to going after whatever I want in a violent way with no regard for others' rights (because I have been mistreated). We lose an ounce of integrity every time we disobey the 55mph law, every time we inflate a tax deduction, every time we lie, etc. Personal authenticity and integrity are goals that are important if we are ever to find some inner contentment. Current societal laws and values do not make that easy for anyone to achieve. Personal authenticity and integrity are not always convenient.

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   TEACHING OUR CHILDREN TO BE UNHAPPY
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   THE NUMBING PROCESS
   HOW DO WE CONTRIBUTE TO THE HOMELESS PROBLEM?
   VERBAL BASHING CAN LEAD TO VIOLENCE
   OPPORTUNITIES TO CHANGE THE VIOLENCE
   HOW INGRAINED IS THE VIOLENCE?


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