Violence: The easy option to a hard problem

Violence: The easy option to a hard problem

By: Allyson

Death, violence, and bombs. These are all examples to what is acceptable in today’s society. These are all things that blind people from seeing the truth: while violence may serve as a temporary solution, it can never be a stable long term one.

In many scenarios human beings do not react well to violence. Take a look at history for a good example. The American Revolution (1775-83) is also known as the American Revolutionary War and the U.S. War of Independence. The conflict arose from growing tensions between England and the 13 North American colonies and the colonial government, which represented the British crown. Skirmishes between British troops and colonial militiamen in Lexington and Concord in April 1775 kicked off the armed conflict, and by the following summer, the rebels were waging a full-scale war for their independence.

When England first sent troops to the colonies, the colonists were so afraid of causing a war(and losing) that they momentarily stopped protesting. As the injustice continued, the colonists began to become even angrier ,and eventually began to physically fight for their independence. They Colonists were tired of being overly taxed and still not being represented in parliament. Over time their protests become battles, and eventually those battles became a war. This shows how the English attempted to use violence to suppress the rebels ,and it worked for a short period of time. However in the long run the war proved useless because the Americans eventually won their independence, proving how human beings don’t respond well to violence. Another reason that violence can never prove to be a long term solution is because of all of the innocent lives that are lost in the process.

On August 6, 1945, during World War II (1939-45), an American B-29 bomber dropped the world’s first deployed atomic bomb over the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The explosion wiped out 90 percent of the city and immediately killed 80,000 people; tens of thousands more would later die of radiation exposure. Three days later, a second B-29 dropped another A-bomb on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people. Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced his country’s unconditional surrender in World War II in a radio address on August 15, citing the devastating power of “a new and most cruel bomb.” Is it really worth it to lose so many lives in the name of peace? Is it really a solution at all.

Of course some may argue that dropping the bomb on Hiroshima was  necessary for the United States to win the war. People may say that not only did the bomb provide America with the confidence to continue to fight in World War Two, but it also struck fear into the hearts of Nazi soldiers in Germany. My only response to that is; is human life so cheap that it’s OK to kill over 80,000 people and call it a necessary sacrifice?

There are many other ways for someone to convey a point in a non-violent manner.Look at the Women Suffrage protesters for an accurate example. Through many peaceful protests the association was able to finally secure women the right to vote. Not only did the protestors change history, but they did it in a nonviolent manner. The four mounted heralds of the Suffrage Parade on March 3, 1913, lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain led a procession of more than 5,000 marchers down Washington D.C.’s Pennsylvania Avenue. The National American Woman Suffrage Association raised more than $14,000 to fund the event that became one of the most important moments in the struggle to grant women the right to vote — a right that was finally achieved seven years later. That is just one of the many examples where one’s ideas can be communicated through non-violence.

With all of this information I have listed, and with all of the information from your past experiences with violence, I hope that you can make the right  choice regarding violence. Which would be to not use it at all. If you ever have to make a choice that lies in the battle of violence vs nonviolence, I hope you can make a decision that you will stand by.