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It is interesting to see all current efforts to medicalize violence — as if to classify is to somehow ward it off — but it is not the rarity of violence but its pervasiveness through time and place that are of note. Only a denuded, feminized intelligentsia can have the smugness to consign it to a label of pathology, while those who are in the world removed from academe see nothing more in violence than the natural state of the human condition. If abnormality is seen to be as truly what it is — a deviation from objective norm rather from an abstract moral standard — then it is the lack of propensity to violence in our society that is truly pathological. We homo sapiens have always defined ourselves in savage terms — it gives our tribes identity and individuals a sense of motive force rather than powerlessness.

 

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