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Nonviolence Essay

678 words - 3 pages

Jay Patel
Professor David Headman
Philosophy of Nonviolence
2-18-13
Is Violence The Answer
When we were growing up all we heard our parents say is violence is not the answer and of course they were right, but as we got older we saw changes in the world we lived, which changed our views of if what our parents told us was true. The use of violence shows strength and power of a country or a group of people. The more powerful you are the more people fear you and would not dare to challenge your authority, which in turn helps the more powerful nation get away with a lot of cruelty. Using nonviolence on the other hand shows more of a peaceful way of fighting for what the people believe in without anybody getting hurt physically. Achieving things nonviolently shows others that they are not here to use force or to take over but to send a statement.
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I also believe that violence must be used in war or else we would lose and other countries would see that as a weakness and the United States would be vulnerable which would countries a reason to attack. Nonviolence would not work in this situation as Machiavelli explains If a guardsman patrolling the border said he was going to be nonviolent and his neighbors heard that, they would come and take over the land the guardsman was patrolling, and the guard would not do anything about it except for stand and watch and explain to them that what they are doing is wrong (Steger 26).
I also believe we could use nonviolence to achieve what is needed. Simple things such as protests and strikes without causing physical harm to anyone can lead to many achievements. I like the creative way that Ghandi used nonviolence by telling the local people to stay away from British made goods and stop being lazy and make or use goods that were made in the country (Presbey 288). The British markets would cripple and they would have no choice but to leave and expand there markets somewhere else. I think nonviolence is a great tool to use due to the fact nobody has to get hurt physically and knowing that waking up the next morning you are still with your loved ones.
Violence is usually the first choice to make because it is easy to use force and do harm to others. The results also come at a lot quicker pace but the consequences could be harmful. Nonviolence is more of a harder choice to make when comes to getting things done because the results are not going to be seen over night. It could take a long time before things start to change in your favor, and that is why I think that many more people use violent means to get things done because they want to see quick results.
Overall both violent and nonviolent means are necessary in our world today because violence allows us to be able to protect our country and ourselves, violence also uses fear as a great tactic so our country would not be overrun by another. Nonviolent means is great also because it causes less physical harm to people but the downside is that results are not obtained quickly.

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