Cultural Violence legitimizes direct and structural violence by convincing people that, in the name of God or of histry, they are not only justified but also duty bound to harm or even kill others.
Some relilgions, political ideologies and nationalisms are moderate and tolerant. Others however, place so high a premium on the self and so thoroughly dehumanize the other that, in the eyes of their adherents, massacre of the other seems an acceptable option.
We must begin to understand the extent of violence that each of us practice ourselves consciously or unconsciously in our daily lives.
Passive violence is indirect. It can be very subtle forms of pressure, discrimination, coercion or disrespect.
Passive violence causes anger and anger causes physical violence. The relationship between passive violence and physical violence is the same as the relationship between gasoline and fire.
Passive violence fuels the fire of physical violence, which means if we want to put out the fire of physical violence we have to cut off the fuel supply.
The fuel supply is us.
The very spaciousness of the American continent has given rise to what is called the frontier spirit, which was originally a challenge to the natural regors of an uncultivated terrain, seems to overlook the existence of other peoples.
When the Americans are forced to deal with other nations and peoples, the frontier spirit asserts itself in the form of attempts to bring bear the immense power of the United States.
Cultural Violence 他文化の侵入