I was left with the same quandary as ever: How will things ever change? How will human society let go of violence -- "good violence," which is the most seductive and most destructive of all -- when its utterly crucial necessity permeates the media, permeates collective thought?
The Peacemaker Corps Association (PCA), the NGO I founded over 17 years ago to teach youth at risk how to use words and pictures to solve their problems without violence, has created a bully pulpit to provide youth around the world a voice to help create the paradigm shift.
The lack of motivation to learn often results in low performance, poor self-esteem and disruptive behavior. As self-image decreases, the desire to constructively contribute to society declines creating a downward spiral.
Perhaps the nucleus to a better humanity is to practice deep listening, humility and reconstruct the harmful, seductive narratives of violence into healing, self-actualizing narratives of deliberate peace.
Two years ago, Chicago's Fenger High School had its 15 minutes of horrific fame when the beating death of an honor student named Derrion Albert -- caught suddenly in a surge of gang violence -- was recorded on a cell camera.