"Before that, when we were more in the hunter gatherer style of society, people that I trust in their studies, anthropologically, tell me we didn’t have violence in the rate that we’ve had since."
"So nonviolent communication now tries to get us back to what I think is a more natural way of communicating. I think where we’ve gotten is an evolutionary snag where we’ve gotten stuck on the basis of some unfortunate learning over 8,000 years. Nonviolent communication helps us come back to life. Back to a more natural way of living. Where our evaluations are on the basis of how needs are served. Are we meeting our needs and the needs of others? Rather than who is what or who’s right, who’s wrong, who’s good, and who’s bad. No. Are our needs getting met and if not what can we do so that everyone’s needs get met? That’s the language of nonviolent communication.”
- Marshall Rosenberg, Founder and Director of Educational Services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication