Tag Archives: violence

Intolerance, cohesion, and killing in religion, Part 1

“Terrorists and Peacemakers may grow up in the same community and adhere to the same religious traditions. The killing carried out by one and the reconciliation fostered by the other indicate the range of dramatic and contradictory response to human sufferings by religious actors.” (Scott Appleby, 2000)

Appleby’s quote reflects the ambivalence inherent in religion. Though on the one hand, religious leaders have condemned … Continue reading

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Learning peace

September 21 is the annual United Nations International Day of Peace. The theme for 2013 is peace education. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminds us, “It is not enough to teach children how to read, write and count. Education has to … Continue reading

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Psychoanalyzing human aggression and war

Psychoanalysts have had a long interest in war and other forms of human aggression. For example, the “father” of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud (1915), horrified by the outbreak of World War I, argued that the violence was convincing evidence that “A … Continue reading

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Arms for children

By guest author Luciana Karine de Souza What does a society do when its children kill? This question became intensely personal in Brazil with the recent shooting death of a college student in São Paulo. The victim was 19 years … Continue reading

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