We, as humans, have the powerful ability to hurt, belittle, and demoralize one another. Whether we do it out of jealousy, rage, embarrassment, self-defense, ambition, or revenge doesn't matter. The end result is the stuff that wars are made of. Pain becomes pain becomes pain.
The paradox is, no matter how deeply we wound our brethren, we humans also have the amazingly unique capacity to apologize-- and to make amends. By showing love and empathy, we can undo even the worst of deeds.
I hope that those of us with power in the world will someday recognize the duality of our power, and choose to move forth in the ever challenging direction of light and love.