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Jiddu Krishnamurti - Is it possible to be free from Violence
Jiddu Krishnamurti - So what is violence? How does violence arise? And there is not only physical violence, hitting each other, throwing bombs at each other, killing each other, but also there are various forms of violence. It is violence when human beings are in conflict psychologically. That is a form of violence, surely. It is another form of violence when we imitate, when we conform, when we follow - all those are indications, like being angry and so on, are a form of violence.
Right? So when we talk about violence we are not only
talking about psychological factors of violence but also the physical
actions of violence - hitting each other, throwing bombs at each other
and so on and so on, so on. The terrorists, the totalitarian states
which suppress people - all that is a form of violence. Right?
Now can we remain with that factor of violence and be aware choicelessly of the whole structure of violence? Will you do it? Are you doing it now? Are you doing it, sir, the questioner? Is the questioner, who put that question, is he doing it? Or is it just a theory about violence? Where there is division between man and man, woman and man, and so on there must be conflict, which is a form of violence. Nationalism and so on is a form of violence.
Obviously. When there are two dogmatic beliefs, and each trying to convert the other, oppose each other, it is a form of violence. So are we aware of this factor in our life? And when you become aware of it what are you going to do? Do you say, `Yes, I am aware of it' but carry on with violence? Therefore it becomes a very serious matter.
If one is really to be free
of violence, to look at it, to live with it, to understand it, to go
into it and see all the multiple forms of violence, totally be
acquainted with it - and when you are acquainted with something it
flowers and then withers away, you don't have to fight it.
Source: Jiddu Krishnamurti First Public Dialogue at Brockwood Park 1977
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