Definition of Violence

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Definition of violence

Initially, I classified “violence” into two categories: physical violence and mental violence. My definition for physical violence was, actions that cause damages or harms to things or people physically; my definition for mental violence was, mental destruction or harm. I defined violence this way because I believe that no matter by what means, mental or physical, if something or someone has been harmed, then it is regarded as violence. Such as destructing public properties, insulting others on a daily basis, and murdering.

“Indirection” and Influence
After the activity, I realized that my definition did not include all types of violence, and there were “holes” in it. Take committing suicide for example, the act of suicide might only cause harm to the person himself/herself, but not others. Morally speaking, for Christians, giving up one’s life is unforgivable, it is destroying what God has created and is considered extremely disrespectful. Moreover, technically speaking, the act of suicide was the committer’s choice, and most people have the rights to make a choice to do with their lives. Therefore, committing suicide might not be included in my definition for violence, while some classmates consider it as “influential violence”. The act of suicide may have an influencing affect on vulnerable people who don’t have a rational judgment on right or wrong actions such as children. Thus, it is indirectly influencing the vulnerable ones to potentially cause harm to themselves or even others. Though, I think that there is a choice of being influenced and not being influenced. It might be true that most children do not have the ability to judge rationally, but it is the parents’, schools’ and society’s responsibility to help and support the child on developing that ability. Hence, I believe that suicide is potentially a kind of “indirect violence”. Children play suicide bombing games and showing it on YouTube. For me, it was too realistic,...
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