“Once people become violent, any difference between the two sides is essentially eliminated. Both act the same. People always used the same excuses for murdering people.”
Peter Hart (1963 – 2010)
I'm not really sure where this thread will go, but I would be grateful if you would comment.
I grew up in one of the safest countries in the world. Violent crime was and is to some extent still a rarity, in some areas virtually non-extent. Day to day political strife centres around potholes, property development, jobs, education, healthcare, crime and the like.
My mother, however, grew up in a corner of the world that was a very racist environment where violence was normal, or an accepted way of life. She wasn't alone, or sadly the last person to grow up in these circumstances. We can find cities and countries across the world and across the ages that mirror her situation.
History has proven it doesn't take much for us to hate each other, or to start believing hateful things about one another but when does it become acceptable, or a societal norm?
At what point to do we turn a blind eye to these insidious thoughts and step to the next level and view violence with a shrug of the shoulders?