I was rather shocked when my diary yesterday was attacked as "sick". Evidently speaking about our violent culture stimulates violence in response. I think that anyone who sees us as a nonviolent culture or justifies our culture's love affair with violence by pointing out that there is also violence elsewhere in the world needs to do some serious thinking.
Some of us mourn by talking about the roots of what caused our mourning. To see that as sick is but another form of rather dangerous denial. Read on below. I'll make this short for I am still shaken deeply.
I wrote yesterday as a marathoner, a political activist, a scientist studying the origins of the flaws in our way of approaching the world and the resultant destruction, and as a rather shaken human being. To be attacked for my thoughts was a shock. There are those here on Kos who can not tolerate opposing views and HR indiscriminantly if someone writes something they disagree with. If anything is "sick" that is. If anything is counterproductive, that is. As the author of over 600 diaries, scores of papers in refereed journals, books, etc I certainly am aware that many disagree with me. To use that disagreement to HR and try to censor me is a bit much. I was given a lifetime membership here because some of you like what I have to say even when you disagree. I thank you for that not so much for my sake but for the sake of this site and its availability as a place to disagree civilly.