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Regarding the letter by Thomas Fox about what sends males to warring

Regarding the letter by Thomas Fox about what sends males to warring (“Man/Boy/Love/War?”

, Jan. 25), I think he is right—but Max Obuszewski’s comment (“More Numbers,”

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, Jan. 11) that killing human beings is “unnatural” also seems right in that we seem, even we males, to have a “fellow feeling” component that does abhor killing another.

Having served prison time for a nonviolent protest (of Vietnam), I think about the nonviolence/violence crossroads a lot.

Thoreau wrote the following about John Brown:

I believe that, while strict nonviolence may be next to impossible, it is the first thing to try (and seldom is—in any society—due to our male programming). I see it as difficult but beautiful— like ballet.

Dave Eberhardt

Baltimore

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