• 22.04.2016. - 21.05.2016.

    Each standing in other's light

    Raymond Carver, Milan Božić, Tomislav Gotovac, Sven Klobučar, Primo Levi, Ana Opalić, Terence Malick, Iris Mihatov Miočić, Ana Mušćet, Ana Opalić, Berislav Šimičić, Roberta Vilić, Sandra Vitaljić and Center Meleta for integrative body-oriented therapy (Zagreb)

    There is an interesting paradox within the discourse on the phenomenon of violence pointed out by Richard Bessel in his book “Violence: A Modern Obsession”: the best analyses of violence conducted, the most successful measures implemented to prevent its spread and ameliorate its consequences, occur in societies that are the least violent. Bessel primarily refers to the countries of Western Europe, the United States, Canada, Australia, etc., that is, the democratic countries with developed legal, social, educational and health systems. In these societies, the sensitivity to violence has become almost an obsession, while being kind and compassionate is more desirable than ever.

    How did this happen, Bessel wonders? There is no simple answer, but the origins of this obsession unarguably lie in the first half of the 20th century and the Two World Wars that took place in a time span of less than 40 years. Wars have been waged before, but the extent and the scope of destruction brought by the First and Second World War exceeded even the most pessimistic projections. The society of the developed West has undoubtedly suffered a collective trauma inflicted by these Wars.