Professor Dave Griffith on Collective Violence

SBC Creative Writing Professor Dave Griffith, who will co-teach the y:1 seminar 9/11 and the ‘New Normal’ Decade, is a regular contributor to the blog for the journal Image, a literary and arts quarterly that features writing and artwork that is informed by—or grapples with—religious faith. Professor Griffith’s most recent blog post focuses on the death of Osama bin Laden and the effect of “collective violence.” In his post Griffith writes,

With each new act of collective violence the community experiences a wave of euphoria that reconfirms that which is good and true about the community, and those virtues and truths become part of a larger story, a story depicting the time since the original violence (now avenged) as though a prophecy fulfilled, a story that reasserts the avengers’ victimhood and thus the righteousness of their actions.

This is what many Americans are feeling right now. We have made good on a promise made in the hours immediately following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, a promise renewed and reechoed every year for almost a decade: that we will find those responsible for this terrible tragedy, and bring them to justice.

Read the entire blog post here.


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