Violence is often preceded by prolonged periods of silence. Effective dialog is crucial in averting disaster in any scenario. And most people who fail in dialog will revert to more crude methods.
Most inmates once held a job, paid their bills, and remembered their friends’ birthdays. Then one day, after allowing unresolved problems to build up and then boil over, they attacked a friend, loved one, or neighbor. That’s right, convicted first-time offenders are often not career criminals. They’re our frustrated neighbors. Since they don’t know what to say or how to say it, they opt for force. In this case, the inability to work through tough issues devastates individuals, ruins families, and poisons communities.