Monday, May 27, 2013
Aurochs: Abolishing capital punishment, a centuries-old issue among Quakers, Film for teaching peace?, In "out of the box" thinking about the issue, I come back to a kind of 'common chimpanzee' narrative (concerning human violence, now in the context of the state, but also culturally) - where common chimps do organized violence, whereas Bonobo chimpanzees have no known fatalities among themselves
Welcome, I (and N and Dojo Mouse ... I went to Reed College as well)!
I've enjoyed Kiezlowki's films in the past but haven't seen the film you mention. I've added "A Short Film About Killing" to the World Universities and School's wiki (editable) Subjects ...
Nontheist Friends (atheist Quakers?) -
Quakers - Religious Society of Friends -
Peace and Social Justice Studies -
Ahimsa - Nonviolence - Pacifism - To avoid harming -
but not to the Bonobo chimpanzee wiki page at WUaS.
This film (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Short_Film_About_Killing) does appear to viewable online for free, at least in Polish, here - http://www.ovguide.com/a-short-film-about-killing-9202a8c04000641f80000000011cfec7.
How can NtFs 'teach peace,' and particularly with regards to abolishing capital punishment, a centuries-old issue among Quakers, I think, and perhaps now among Nontheist Friends, to a whole society, like the United Kingdom, or the British Isles, (or the U.S.), so that thinking about such violence changes in Brit's Hearts and Minds, for example? (What have been historically successful strategies in the UK, and also among Friends?) Approaches to abolishing capital punishment in the United States (which still barbarically has it, where most European and advanced industrial countries don't) involves quite different approaches (some of them state by state here). But I suspect Quakers on both sides of the Atlantic (and around the world) have shared many, many ideas (and books and films +) about this, and for more than a century, perhaps.
Film is a great way to teach peace, and about abolishing capital punishment, especially, (and also about Nontheist Friends and abolishing capital punishment) but especially in shaping a discourse, since film hasn't yet been successful in abolishing capital punishment in the UK or the US, for instance.
In my own "out of the box" thinking about the issue, I come back to a kind of 'common chimpanzee' narrative (concerning human violence, now in the context of the state, but also culturally) - where common chimps do organized violence, whereas Bonobo chimpanzees (see, too - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Bonobo_chimpanzee and http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Primatology) have no known fatalities among themselves, per primatologists. In my speculative reading, humans may share more in common with Pan troglodytes (chimps) than Pan paniscus (Bonobos), in what are both our closest relatives, genetically, and possibly behaviorally. Is it possible among humans to learn from Bonobo, primatological narrative-wise? And is it possible for peace-oriented Friends (NtFs too?) especially to learn from nonharming Bonobos?
Would you like to help develop an "Abolishing Capital Punishment" wiki, subject page (or similar?) at World University and School?
With F/friendly greetings