Our Words Fail Us, and We Fail Each Other

I’m not usually a re-blogger, but there seem to be quite a few good ones this week…and I can see the people described very clearly in these words in my own past and present…and the new generation coming up. Hope we can let civility reign again, and learn how to deal with disappointment

ZEN AND PI

“War is what happens when language fails.”

— Margaret Atwood

We all fight with someone, even the people we love the most. We fought all the time, nearly daily for some, but it’s rare we reach for physical violence to get our point across. It is common to reach for emotional savagery at the slightest threat to our self-image, our way of thinking, or our sense of control. Real or perceived we are quick to hate, to degrade, and to cut off people around us for the smallest transgression because we have lost the ability to really tell one another how we feel, and to really listen to the feelings of another.

We’ve all utilized violence at some point on siblings or schoolmates. Some have hit their children or had to fight a stranger. Worse are those who have struck a spouse, a parent, an animal. I’ve seen it all and done…

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Blind-Sided: Homicide Where it is Least Expected, by Gregory K. Moffatt

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