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21 March 2011
Is Violence Necessary?
We have come to a point where everyone feels unsafe and unsecure because of the countless acts of violence that are happening in our society. There had been so many people in the past who died, who became victims, who were injured, and who suffered because of other people’s violent behaviors. When we open the television, we see people killing, murdering and abusing other individuals or group of people. We see all the news headlines in newspapers screaming about the unending conflicts between nations and unimaginable crimes that are happening in every part of the world. As of today, violence is doubtlessly widespread and this has been one of the issues that our society is still struggling to find for solutions. We might recognize the fact that almost all of us have good morals and values, and have good intentions but we can not deny that people are also capable of the most offensive and menacing behavior. But we always ask ourselves, do we get something good out of acting violently? Many of us object on the spread of violence because for the obvious reason that imposing pain into a person, making him suffer or lose his life is an immoral act. We might also need to acknowledge the fact that people have their own reasons and intentions for acting violently, but is it worth it? Is violence necessary to solve every conflict? Is violence really necessary that most of the people have been engaging themselves with these all sort of obnoxious behaviors? Violence is not necessary especially in situations where violence is not used for a good cause and there are also other ways to compromise a dispute, but there are also extreme situations where violence is necessary especially when we are protecting our lives or other people’s lives from evil people.
There are different cases of violence that are happening in our society today and one of the most serious cases of violence is domestic violence. To begin with, domestic violence is beyond any doubt not necessary because it can only disrupt victims’ lives. It is unfortunate to think that a man or woman in a marriage or in an intimate relationship feels the need to physically, emotionally, and verbally abuse their partner just to release their anger or to take over their relationship. They do not realize that abusing their partner will not change a thing but it can only lead to long term consequences on the victims. First, public safety consultant Anney Seymour points out that in household where violence is rampant, children are usually the “overlooked victims” and they will eventually suffer from psychological and emotional problems throughout their lives (1). Anney Seymour asserts that children’s self-esteem can be altered by their incapacity to stop the abuse behavior which can result to their feeling of powerlessness (1). According to research, children living in domestically violent household suffer from fear, anxiety, insomnia, and nightmares. Young children also exhibit emotional symptoms such as “psychosomatic complaints” created by psychological stress. Children may feel responsible to stop the violence and thus they will put themselves at risk for unintentional harm. They will also exhibit phobias or try to run away and escape. Second, domestic violence is not necessary because children learn from their parents that imposing pain toward a family member is acceptable and they learn at an early age that “the tools of conflict resolution are fists, knives and guns” (Seymour 1). Anney Seymour emphasizes that “the male partner who batters is a substance abuser or experienced violence as a child, either as a witness or a victim of abuse” (1). People who feel that abusing their partners is a necessity for their own benefit are selfish enough to motivate their children to become like them in the future. How can we prevent violence if parents themselves continue to impose to their children that...