Culture of Violence


We are connected. Our logic, mathematics, science, and engineering are communal tools we use to build a
virtual world, which we all inhabit. It contains us, sustains us, it directs
our action, it feeds our minds. We call this the real world, even though it is
something we have created with our technology and which is suffused with the dissonant contents of our troubled psyches. We are one species
– a biological super-organism, connected by mirror neurons and a vast
species-specific theory of mind. We sense one another’s awareness, emotional states, behavior, and we react to
each other’s mental states.

We contribute to the collective
state of mind which affects us all. The weakest among us bear the heaviest
burden. We maintain the fiction that there is a separation between what we call
the real world and the world of our media – the virtual worlds of our creation,
even though they are coterminous, nested. Our virtual realities reside entirely
within the larger environment, which we all inhabit. There is no boundary
between our minds and the world. This is the nature of the mind and it is the
nature of the world. It is the meaning of evolution, and co-evolution. The
environment and the organism co-evolve. Our culture is the habitat which our
species creates.

perception and experience are channeled through learned linguistic structures.
In this sense, there is no individual experience. What we experience is a
culturally conditioned version of co-evolutionary awareness. To the extent that
we brutalize aspects of our experience, we brutalize the shared environment
inhabited by all of us. The collective violence spread by our war, crime, cruelty, anger, and mean-spiritedness is magnified and echoed by our media, for profit and for entertainment.
In this way, we share in the collective responsibility for what occurs in our
midst. Unfettered expression is a destructive commodity if it is not harnessed
by a sense of social responsibility. Creative freedom carries with it the responsibilities
incumbent upon those who create experience. To create violent experience is to
add to the sum total of violence experienced. How could it be otherwise? To
have deluded ourselves, to have given ourselves permission to engage in a mass virtual sensorium of voyeuristic hyper-violence – these denials do not mask psychological
realities. We can change the world only if we are willing to change ourselves.
This has always been the message. It remains so today.*Image: “Culture of Violence” – Tullio DeSantis, 2012


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8 responses to “Culture of Violence

  1. Nick Azzarello

    The image certainly represents the right color for evil and violence. It also seems that the red image is very big because we as a society are becoming more and more violent with our technology and it just keeps growing and growing unless someone puts a stop to this violence.

  2. Tanisha Fisher

    I really enjoy the poem i felt it was very factual. I think we as indidvual focus on more violence rather than fixing the problem and technology play a big issue into crime and violence. I like the way you utilize the color red a lot it signify everything thats bad.

  3. Tyler Smith

    This image truly to me is the title, “Culture of Violence”. at first glance i immediately noticed it because of the ominous and seemingly “angry” way it is presented. it depicts well in my opinion the feeling of rage, violence, and hate that too much consumes our world today.

  4. Larissa Jones

    The Image is what struck me most. “Culture of violence” it reminds me of a zoomed in version of a part of blood spatter. It makes me think of a violent fight with blood being spilled and how life if full of useless bloodshed.

  5. Karen

    What a world we live in. What happened to the innocence, kindness, and generosity! The contrast of the hot pink and black depict harshness and violence, like a piercing and stabbing to the heart. Every time you turn on the tv, computer, or radio–violence is there. You’re never free of it.

  6. Clinton Faust

    The message behind this piece of artwork, I believe speaks volumes to personal development as well as the mentally or perception a society moving into the future. The colors accurately display the properties applied in the message. It describes the relationship between evil and violence in reality and our response accepting it as part of our lives.

  7. Mariela Alvarado

    I think that most people in this world become engaged in the virtual world. There is no more originality within the lives of people. The primary focus becomes negativety. Violence makes up most of the thoughts in their minds. Like the art piece says without words it is dark on the outside and full of death on the inside. No sunshine just darkness illuminates the lives of those stuck in the fake world. There are suicides, murders, and hatred due to the virtual world which people use as a weapon to destroy the lives of others. I think this is a deep and powerful message.

  8. Barbara Bonilla

    Nowadays we are living in a society where violence is all around the world, media influences people and change our mentalities until the point where we do whatever the imaginary world wants us to do. I think the colors used in this piece are representing the evil and the darkness that each person have in their hearts. We must think how contradictory is being around us, some people wanting to change others and take them to Jesus and to the rightness, while others are walking into the evil and feeding their hearts with negative thoughts. It’s time to be conscious and accept how evil our souls are, doing this we are going to be aware of this violent culture and try to improve our society.

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