I am a civilized and educated man.
I live in a nation that believes in freedom of speech, or used to anyway. Officially it still does, but in practice, people tend to support their own freedom of speech, other people’s not so much.
An industrial civilization such as ours requires that large groups of people live and work in close proximity to each other. This make tolerance for others essential. Our society would break down if everybody was constantly fighting and killing each other.
A big part of being civilized is understanding and accepting that we must each control our own passions. That’s what we call “self-discipline.” But just because we control our passions, that doesn’t mean we don’t have any. Scientists tell us that we’re not all that different from our neolithic ancestors. Since the beginning of recorded history we have evolved more as a group than as individuals. In just a few thousand years we’ve gone from tribes of hunter-gatherers to a modern industrialized civilization. At the time of the Roman Empire, my people were barbarians. You could say we were “late adopters” of civilization.
But each of us still feels the call of the wild sometimes. Like when somebody is giving you their two cents worth and you want to give them two nickles and ten knuckles in return. I’m not talking about self-defense, I’m talking about offense-to-self: when someone says something that makes you so angry you want to teach them the meaning of “Shut your pie-hole or I’ll shut it for you!”
It is both fortunate and frustrating for me that usually when I see a Backpfeifengesicht I’m watching television. Screaming at, throwing things at, assaulting and/or smashing your television has no effect on the piehole you want closed, but it won’t get you arrested either. Which is why I quit watching television. I find myself spending less and less time online too.
I fear that political violence in this country is going to get a lot worse before it gets better. I’m afraid to think about what would happen if the Democrats impeach and convict Trump, or if they steal this next election. That would open a Pandora’s box.
As we’ve seen in Portland and other Democrat-controlled cities, we can’t count on the cops and courts to stop Antifa fascists.