Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Aggression

Aggression is a biological response to a life-threatening situation. When there is an immediate threat to life, aggressive energy provides the power to do what needs to be done. Aggression in normal daily interactions is like activating a smoke alarm when there is no smoke. Actually, it is worse. The ringing alarm would be annoying, but it would do no harm. Aggression at best is annoying, and at worst, itself, becomes life threatening. - Gwen Randall-Young

Aggression is different from anger. Anger is an emotion; aggression is a behaviour. There are better ways to deal with anger than behaving aggressively. Aggressive talk, gestures or behaviours belong to the old way of being. Once we tune in to a higher level of consciousness, aggression is as unnecessary as is the hand-held plough in modern day agriculture. - Gwen Randall-Young

Aggression is not universal; indeed, if we judge by the number of species which are non-aggressive and those which are, the scales might balance in favour of a greater number of non-aggressors, denying the classic aphorism that nature is red in tooth and claw. The big fish eat the little fish, it is true, but elephants, moose, camels, alpacas, llamas, deer, elk, horses, mules, buffalo, hippos and giraffes eat leaves and grass. - Sebastian Sisti

Aggression is part of the masculine design, we are hardwired for it … Little girls do not invent games where large numbers of people die, where bloodshed is a prerequisite for having fun. Hockey, for example, was not a feminine creation. Nor was boxing. A boy wants to attack something – and so does a man, even if it's only a little white ball on a tee. - John Eldredge

The human capacity for aggression is staggering. It has been estimated that 58 million humans were killed by other humans (an average of nearly one person per minute) during the 125-year period ending with World War II. War, homicide, riots, family violence, assassination, rape, assault, forcible robbery, and other violent acts offer sad testimony to the realities of human aggression. - Dennis coon & John O. Mitterer

The men who are to protect the community against violent aggression easily turn into the most dangerous aggressors. They transgress their mandate. They misuse their power for the oppression of those whom they were expected to defend against oppression. The main political problem is how to prevent the police power from becoming tyrannical. This is the meaning of all the struggles for liberty. - Ludwig von Mises

The vast majority of the peoples of the world are against war and against aggression. If they make their wishes known and effective, war can be stopped. It all depends on whether they are willing to make the effort necessary for the purpose. For, that it will require an effort, no one who considers the history of the world on these subjects can doubt. - Robert Cecil

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