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Do We Need Violence?

David Zheng By David Zheng on
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Since the beginning of time as we know it violence has always existed and manifested itself in many forms. Violence is defined as an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, that can be deemed against the law or morally unrighteous as set within the boundaries of human society. Life forms of all sorts, whether they be plants or animals have competition amongst them. Often times this competition results in violence. In plants it may not be violence so much in terms of physical force but passive actions that can lead to the death of another plant. For example if two different plant specimens started growing in the same spot relatively close to each other, they will run into conflict sometime after. One plant will eventually dominate the other by monopolizing on all the nutrients in the soil and the amount of sunlight given off by the sun. This same concept can also be applied to animals, humans included, who compete for territory, resources, and mates. If one studies closely on these relationships, one will find that the process in which these necessity are acquired will help violence emanate.

Because every individual is unique, morals will vary from one person to the next, and will alter the use of violence or forcible opposition. Not every situation may call upon the use of violence, but when no solution can resolve the problem violence may sometimes be the only answer. People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true. That's how they define what reality is. However what does it mean to be "correct" or "true"? These two things are merely vague concepts, and their "reality" may all be a mirage. Therefore can these people be considered to simply be living in their own world, shaped by their beliefs? Because of such conditions opposition will arise and whoever has the stronger faith and belief will prevail. John Brown who had sacrificed and put his life on the line to destroy the institution of slavery, he simultaneously became a traitor as well as a martyr. To southern governments Brown’s actions threatened their belief in slavery and used violence to counteract him. In the other hand northerners would heard about Brown saw him as a hero and even presumed his violence to be necessary.

When people get hurt, they learn to hate. Then when people hurt others, they become hated and so continues the cycle that is fueled by violence and spilled blood. Think back to the American Revolution when the colonists showed opposition to their British government for what they believed in. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants”. To the British it was treason, to the Americans it was revolution. In the end, what is treason and what is righteous rebellion is in the eye of the beholder. The recent events and revolutions in countries like Egypt and Libya demonstrate that the burst of violence that comes with revolution is appropriate. Ideals alone cannot change the world, but in order to change things for the better let it be known that blood has to be spilled and disharmony as well as violence are necessary components.