December 7, 2011

Is Man Inherently Violent?

When I look at our world, I have to wonder: Are we so disagreeable because it’s in our genes or are we bent on our own destruction despite the survival instinct that is part of every species? Nuclear weapons, terrorists arguing their point with violence, our American Congress no longer compromises–check out the Super Committee if you don’t agree with that, OWS turning to anger when persuasion didn’t work.

Can we compromise? Can we see the other side of an argument? Do we respect each other enough to allow that our opponent might want what’s best–as do we–so maybe we can trust his solutions?

I have no idea anymore. Here’s your chance to vote:


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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.