RJ Burrowes: Do you believe that ending human violence is possible? Even if you believe that it is not, do you believe that it is worth trying? As Gandhi noted: ‘The future depends on what we do in the present.’ What will you do?
RJ Burrowes: Human activity drives 200 species of life (birds, animals, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, plants) to extinction each day and 80% of the world’s forests and over 90% of the large fish in the ocean are already gone.
Robert Burrowes: Individuals who engage in dysfunctional behaviours, ranging from accumulating excess wealth to inflicting violence, do so because they are very frightened that one or more of their vital needs will not be met.
Robert Burrowes: Conscious self-hatred is an intensely unpleasant feeling to experience and, consequently, people who feel self-hatred learn to fearfully and deeply suppress their awareness of it when they are very young.
Robert J. Burrowes: There are no military strategies that focus on the root causes of climate change and what should be done to change these, because the military’s primary objective is to secure the current world order, no matter how unjust or unsustainable it is.
Robert J. Burrowes: Recent estimates indicate that 200 species of life (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) are driven to extinction each day. Every day. This rate exceeds that during the last mass extinction event, when the dinosaurs vanished 65 million years ago.
Robert Burrowes: If you lobby elites to control our consumption for us by making changes in what (or how) they produce, you are asking them to violate the economic law of supply and demand.
Robert J. Burrowes: ‘We do not torture’ is endlessly repeated while victims are waterboarded, hung from the ceiling with their hands bound behind their backs until their chests are crushed and they die, or they are raped with chemical light sticks. But ‘is this really torture?’ politicians ask.
Robert Burrowes: While our scorecard might not be what Gandhi would have hoped nearly 68 years after his death, a number of people are making a committed effort to create this nonviolent world.
RJ Burrowes: Drone strikes work precisely because they provoke violent responses which help elites to ‘justify’ their perpetual war to secure control of the world’s diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, water and strategic minerals while tightening control of domestic populations through expansion of the security and surveillance state.
Robert J. Burrowes: In 1966, the year I turned 14, I decided that I would devote my life to answering two questions: Why are human beings violent? How can this violence be ended?
Robert J. Burrowes: People like these five are simply devoid of the emotional capacity that makes a powerful individual able to cooperate and persevere in seeking mutually beneficial outcomes.
Robert J. Burrowes: Human beings have a simple choice. We can acknowledge the painful truth that we inflict enormous violence on our children and respond powerfully to that truth. Or we can keep deluding ourselves and, very soon now, walk powerlessly off the cliff edge to extinction.