Did you know that according to visionofhumanity.org, violence costs the world $14 trillion dollars annually? It is difficult to comprehend such a sum of money except to know that it is large and that such a sum could benefit a number of poor people around the world. Such funds could create schools, build sustainable infrastructure, enhance healthcare, and provide countries with the wealth needed for disaster relief.
In reality, when looking at the world’s problems with regard to violence, it isn’t the world that is the problem. It’s the people. Among the population of people, there is not one population that is the culprit, it’s all of us. Violence lives in every one of us. Even Gandhi admitted that he had little patience for his illiterate wife whom it has been said he abused. Being aware that we are violent, truly aware, can create a change in us, as Krishnamurti states. The question is, can we accept that we are violent? Read more about Speaking of Peace