The tragedy of violence

In the articles, we see a multitude of violence.  The article “I See Everything Through This Tragedy” shows us the effect violence has on everyone involved.  Mr. Orange is torn up inside due to his inward thought that he was able to do nothing to help his grandson.  Those kinds of thoughts and others don’t allow people to get back to their regular routine of things for a long time if ever.  It is something that sticks with them forever as the author reminds us.

I agree that someone must reach out to those involved with the violence.  The people doing and those being victimized need a helping hand to be extended to them.  Furthermore, we see the violence overseas in Syria.  I don’t want to say we should ignore this, but we need to focus on our own internal violence first.  That way other countries can see our example of peace when we go into help them.  Kotlowitz says,”They stop talking.  They experience flashbacks.  They wilt under the dark skies.”  Someone must help these people.  Not long after the traumatic experience, I believe most people forget they are still experiencing extremely hard times.  We must do something to combat this and then show it to other countries.

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2 Responses to The tragedy of violence

  1. hellohisunshine says:

    I have actually thought a lot about the issue you brought up in your second paragraph—the issue of whether or not the United States should intervene in the affairs of other countries, particularly regarding violence. Yes, I see where you’re coming from when you say that we, as Americans, should focus on the violence within America. However, isn’t that what we’ve been doing for many years? Aren’t there lots of organizations, institutions, and individuals that work to combat violence in this country? This work obviously hasn’t set an example to other countries. In addition, the two wars the United States is currently involved in don’t exactly help our cause of showing an “example of peace”. I researched this issue to see what others think about it and found some very different opinions. Individuals on Yahoo! Answers, debate.org, and other blog sites provide views that range from:

    “It would be so selfish of us as Americans to focus solely on the progression and advancement of our own society and completely neglect our ability to provide support to the people of societies that are in need.” (http://www.debate.org/debates/Should-the-United-States-help-other-countries/1/)

    to

    “There is a saying ‘charity begins at home’. Also, you can’t give from an empty platter. That means you have to take care of yourself or you won’t have anything to give to others.” (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090319155129AAOsJlh)

    These opinions are both legitimate. I appreciate them both, however, being the way I am, I lean more towards the first view. Why can’t we all just help each other? Or, as John Lennon put it: “Imagine there’s no countries…Imagine all the people sharing all the world.”

  2. f0rnarnia says:

    I do agree on the matter that violence is everywhere. Since we are only human and therefore want to protect ourselves, it is hard to help others as well when we see others in dangerous positions. But the fact that we are doing nothing, then beating ourselves up afterwards is only worse. We need to recognize our strengths and limitations, or else we would be running after gunned men (or women) and putting our own lives in risk. We should not feel bad for keeping ourselves safe and keeping the body count low. It is okay to grieve, but it should not prevent living.

    However, in no way do I agree with the second point made by swifttigercrouchinginwoods. Peace at home will not be enough to set an example on the rest of the world. I am not saying that America is perfect on the homefront but it is not enough to keep the entire world safe from evil. Peace is not about personal meditation and surrender. It is about being useful and fighting for those who cannot and standing up to those who oppress. Jody Williams speaks about peace and how it can be achieved in the following talk: (http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/jody_williams_a_realistic_vision_for_world_peace.html)

    She says that violence is sometimes necessary to obtain peace. Violence is not all bad as it can protect the innocent and set those who are suffering free. Heroes are not always pacifists, heroes are simply those who fight for what is right. Kotlowitz was not trying to say that all violence is bad and MUST be eliminated. He simply speaks that when it happens to the innocent, the act itself is never the end. The result is firmly implanted in all those connected, which makes it hard to overcome. We need more heroes in the world who are willing to end this type of violence and set those who suffer free.

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