Violence & the cultural order Daedalus
June 1, 2007 § Leave a comment
Attitudes towad violence – depressing or enlivening, are critical to understan for future directions – repression or happier integration?
This informal cartography of the idea of violence in modern Western thinking indicates that orthodox solutions or responses to the problem of violence can only envisage its suppression, as a behavior inappropriate or misjudged to its ends. But what if violence is considered ennobling, redeeming, and necessary to the continuance of life itself? In other words, the legitimacy of violent acts is part of how they are constituted in the minds of observers, victims, and the perpetrators of such acts ; and matters of legitimacy are not at all separate from the way in which given acts and behaviors are themselves considered violent in the first place.