A Critical Case Against Violence
Look, I can’t condone violence, especially encouraging violence, (so if you’re a politician advocating for violence against your protesters, you should know, this is especially for you).
We live in a society that should be civilized enough to work out disagreements and conflicts with proper discussion, common sense, and compromise. Using violence to make your point or shut people up shows a failure of communication and understanding.
Violence shows the ugly side of humanity, especially if it’s premeditated or politically provoked.
Don’t get me wrong, I am fine with using violence as a last resort for self-defense, but that’s it.
I have two young boys, ages 4 and 2, and I don’t want them to grow up in a world where people use violence to resolve their issues more than their words. When my 4 year old gets mad at his little brother, sometimes he raises his hand in anger and frustration and almost hits him. When my spouse and I see this, we stop him, talk to him about it, and teach him that instead of hitting when he’s mad, we tell him to “use your words.”
I’ve seen many parents teach this to their kids. Using words to express their feelings and talking things out is a valuable skill that not only our kids need, but even adults too.
We need to “use our words” to share ideas, bring people together, and resolve conflicts. It is how we bring out the better side of human nature.