Theft is a form of violence whether the stolen object be a material or physical possession or something that is not so. Non material things can be stolen from you – your health, time, and life can be stolen – taken without your permission, pilfered. In particular and most costly, your innate free and clear thinking, choice, and action can be stolen. Such theft may or may not be overtly physical and can be quite subtle.
The theft may not be personal – many aspects of the common good, the ecology of the planet that we all share, the form of government that we all share, can be stolen. Even though there is more common good then private possessions on the planet, theft of the common good often occurs without knowledge of the act except for the perpetrators, those who are doing the actual pilfering. But such theft is a form of violence nonetheless.
Overt lying, dark lying, is also a form of violence – lying steals the truth. Without the truth one can not think, choose, and act clearly and freely and responsibly. When someone lies to you, it is similar to a computer being attacked by a virus – the outcome is all messed up. The lies steal the truth and your ability and innate human right to think clearly and responsibly. And lying to the collective conscious, to the human community, is lying at a grand scale. Consider how political dark lying is another form of bamboozlement and not right action.
The political dark lying such as described in the dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell is bamboozlement at a grand scale, not aligned with greater self awareness or right action, individually or on a collective basis. Be careful of the creation of alternative facts (American) and non-linear warfare (Russian), both forms of gas lighting.
Enable your personal virus checker and learn to spot fallacious reasoning – and keep your virus checker up-to-date by practicing greater awareness and right action. Think, choose, and act freely, wisely, and responsibly.