The news today appears to be beset with violence: the drug consortiums in Latin America and the religious factions in the Middle East, to list a few.
Of course history is full of factions fighting without any clearly understandable reasons. Many humans from time immemorial have not been able to find thoughtful ways to adjust differences; force, fire and fists appear to be their only tools — reasoning, amiable discussions and understanding the problems of others are approaches that most men find beyond them.
Today, with our ability to have instant visual and oral communication, space and time vanishes. However, misconceptions, misunderstandings and ego-centered dialogue still dominate many discussions.
But, there are moments in world history were reason and remarkable creativities are taking place at the same time that there is chaos. For example, the glorious days of Aristotle, Plato, Diogenes and others in ancient Greece occurred along with the disruptive battles between Sparta and Athens; then there were those remarkable days in Italy — Michelangelo, Raphael and da Vinci balanced against the fractious fighting among the cities of Italy — to list a few.
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Humans are remarkable in being able to achieve wondrous timehonored creations as well as appalling destruction.