Essay on the increasing level of Violence in our Society
Human civilization has come a long way from the Stone Age. Yet man continues to be violent in his conduct. In fact, violence has increased today. A man cannot walk on the street without looking over his shoulder because of fear of assault. Top leaders of the nation, as well as retired military generals, are assassinated in broad daylight. The roads are spilled with human blood. Firearms, bombs, swords, are frequently flourished and used.
What is violence:
Violence signifies injuries (of many kinds and degrees) caused to a person (or any living thing) by another person or persons with manifest motives.
Forms of violence:
Physical, mental, social, economic, etc. It may range from superficial bruises to outright destruction. Today violence on the increase: Present the violent situation today with one or two relevant examples.
Why the increase? Rise of materialism, erosion of general morality and norms of society, breakdown of institutions, political shortsightedness, religious fundamentalism, communalism, castes, terrorism, scientific and technological advancement, etc.
Insecurity of life and uncertain future of individuals; society and nation lose their strength; peace of mind and joy of life lost, love and harmony between any two individuals (even between mother and her child) replaced by suspicion and hatred, i.e. social relations imperiled … etc.
Violence has existed in every society and in every civilization, at a normal rate which, in a sense, fills the society with vitality and virility. But, today the increasing violence has taken a pathological form…. Strangely, man has today become his own enemy by unleashing the animal in him. If the brute in man is not chained, and if violence is not checked, many may a together eliminate him… If mankind has to survive, violence will have to be minimized. A spirit of friendly co-existence will have to be made the norm of human behavior.