In Praise of Non-violence!

Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.                                                                Max Lucado

Nudity is a much hated, debated and a controversial word in third world countries. A girl’s bare legs are enough to endanger culture and traditions. This happens, maybe because, for these people, clothes somehow symbolise civilization. So, if someone is seen with lesser clothes, they are perceived as uncivilized delinquents. Rules of nudity are different, both for men and women, is a different matter altogether.

With the advancement of civilization people started disapproving nudity, but why the same treatment hasn’t been meted out to violence? Why violence is still extolled in the name of manliness, religion, community, honour, patriotism etc. Shouldn’t it be denounced as a barbaric and an uncivilized manner of settling issues. While in some cases nudity might serve some aesthetic purpose, the same doesn’t hold true for violence. It’s always gruesome and disgusting. It serves no positive purpose whatsoever.

It’s disconcerting to see how people praise violence. It’s “manly” to talk in favour of violence and force. Supporters of non-violence are perceived as cowards. It’s hip nowadays to degrade Gandhi.

Violence is extolled because its perpetuation serves the interests of certain sections. It can be utilised in myriad ways to enslave both the physique and the psyche; and it’s a billion dollar industry as well. That’s why it’s been glamourised. 

People are deluded into believing that violence is indispensable. We are preached that without the use of force the world would slip into chaos. But look closely, is that true? Are we not living in a highly chaotic and violent world already? Has violence been successful in eliminating violence? The answer is a big “NO”.

How to do deal with so much violence? The answer, I guess, lies with society itself.We need a carefully woven societal fabric where violence is disapproved and non-violent ways of negotiations become a part of human socialisation. It’s proven beyond any doubt that socialisation plays a vital role in exercising control over individuals.

Violence is the manifestation of our premitive instinct to control and subjugate people we perceive as inferior. It’s a sign of weakness and a weapon for the ignorant who are devoid of the gift of the “Intellect”.


5 thoughts on “In Praise of Non-violence!

  1. Great write up yet again. Courage & violence are often confused in our society. One needs courage to follow non violence. And about interfering into the dressing style of women, we should be ashamed. Keep writing! 🙂 On Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 1:03 AM Voice Against Injustice wrote:

    > P.AAR posted: “Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional. > &nbsp” >

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    • Thanks a lot!! Your words are encouraging indeed and inspire me to write more. I wish more people were skilled in perspective taking. Thanks again! I look forward to your feedback in future as well.


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