Violence and suffering

“Violence is what we do when we don’t know what to do with our suffering.” | Parker J Palmer

I was reflecting on three separate incidents – my reaction to an incident, an exchange I had with someone, and a situation I read about.

In each of these cases, the violence (verbal/emotional in any case) was a direct consequence of an inability to deal with suffering in Parker J Palmer’s words.

As you can imagine, the quote really hit home.