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Do We Really Want to do Something About Violence? We Can.

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The rest of the money we would need for this can come from dropping funding for the Department of War and properly funding a true Department of Defense. Let's face it. A war economy doesn't celebrate peace. It cannot abide by non-violence. A war economy dependent on infinite economic growth is even more destructive and less sustainable than just a plain old growth economy, bad as that is for a living world.

A war economy is part and parcel of a paradigm, cosmology, worldview... whatever you want to call it. They all basically mean "story". It's a story that we the people provide the legitimacy for. And there is a rational, viable alternative story that we can write and start building a foundation for. Known as relocalization, I won't go into its details here, just become aware that it exists and can be shown to improve quality of life.

Were we to have a society whose priority was progress and prosperity congruent with the health and well-being of its citizens, whose basic needs were being met and who had adequate time-off and support to actually be human, violence would be vastly reduced in a culture that no longer depended on it as a measure of its well-being.

If there is a real desire to deal with the issue of increasing violence, we have no choice but to address its underlying cause. Slapping band-aids on symptoms--on the wounds of empire--isn't enough. Instead of constantly putting out single-issue fires, it's time to deal with the common arsonist.

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Dave Ewoldt is a practitioner and researcher in the field of ecopsychology--helping people remember how to think and act the way that nature works, and the health and wisdom that can be gained by doing so. In other words, a paradigm shift coach. (more...)

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