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Thinking about violence

I recently came across this quotation from the Buddha:
"Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with sensuality, abandoning thinking imbued with renunciation, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with sensuality. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with ill will, abandoning thinking imbued with non-ill will, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with ill will. If a monk keeps pursuing thinking imbued with harmfulness, abandoning thinking imbued with harmlessness, his mind is bent by that thinking imbued with harmfulness."
In other words, thinking negative or unwholesome thoughts of any kind has the effect of inclining your future thoughts in the direction of that kind of unwholesomeness or negativity. This should not be a surprise to us, because the mind, like the body, has a tendency to follow the "groove" left by  experience.   Thi…