Rebecca, I agree with you on all points. I have noticed the cycle of abuse, the normalization of abuse, and the lack of consciousness in much of America. I only need to walk in a mall to see it, if I want to.

I especially like your point about how the true believers who actually follow their religion would, by following the words closely, live in peace, err on the side of peace, and promote peace. That is the true purpose of religion.

Many of the same points we discuss here are also in another one of my articles:

Most of this kind of behavior falls in the realm of inherited addiction. To boil it down in very simple terms, people often look outside of themselves to be happy. People who punish others operate on the assumption that they derive comfort by making someone else uncomfortable. That is also an addiction.

As usual, you have given me more food for thought, and in return, I thank you for your elaborate and concise comment.

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