Violence happens. The world is violent. People are naturally violent.
This is what people say.
Politicians are all crooks. Government ethics is an oxymoron. Don't be
so naïve. This is what people say.
As Michael N. Nagler says in his book The
, "when we have negative expectations,
life obligingly fulfills them." We have a choice. We can speak in
double negatives, like "Stop violence" (or "Stop corruption"). Or we
can speak in positives, like "Let's cooperate, mediate, work things
out" (or "Let's discuss what's in the public interest").
We also have a negative view of power. Power, we think, is used to
harm, to control. But as Nagler points out, there is more than one kind