Is it a violent world we live in, or are we the victims of our own commonplace malevolence towards the world? Terrorist attacks against innocents show a pathological disdain for the pain and suffering it causes; but what about the merchant who sells outdated food that might sicken, or the manufacturer that makes shoddy and defective products that can injure and kill as well as merely rob someone of their hard-earned money? And what of businesses and governments, or just the folks next door, who pollute the means of a healthy life for our families, friends, and communities, or who scheme to have hegemonic control over us? Is the violence in the world at large, or is it just so much a part of how we see the world and each other that our malevolence towards one another has become systemic, and pathologic, so that it is now just a commonplace of life here on earth. 

We undermine our own inherent preciousness when we disdain others, belittle  their hopes, block their dreams, disrespect their needs, and above all, treat them as if they have nothing but a utilitarian value for us… Because they, of course, can do the same to us. 

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