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Chris Rhyss Edwards

2015

Uncomfortable ‘truth’ between right and wrong

A person dies every minute as a result of intentional violence and homicide. Former soldier Chris Rhyss Edwards suggests this is because we all have latent motivations to kill. In this deeply personal talk he argues that whilst we might harbor ‘good’ reasons to kill – say, to protect loved ones or in service of a country – we unquestionably have an inherently human capacity to reduce violence in society by adopting an attitude of “Appreciate Enquiry.”

Former soldier turned media executive and writer Chris Rhyss Edwards took a yearlong sabbatical in 2010 to begin a research project designed to answer a really big question: do we ever have a good reason to kill? Over a five year time span he researched and interviewed people on controversial topics including euthanasia, abortion, child soldiers, infanticide, state execution, terrorism and honor killings. He has since published an anthology of stories that attaches a human face to violence around the globe; sharing the stories of people who have confronted the biggest moral dilemma possible. At the core of each story are two questions; what would you do in the same situation, and do we ever have a good reason to kill?

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