Is Violence ever justified Essay

1048 Words Sep 30th, 2014 5 Pages
Is violence ever justified?

The debate about the use of violence has been on going for the last decade. Violence, the act of causing physical harm to another person willingly, has often been categorized as being an uncivilized, unjustified act. It is mostly known, and commonsensical knowledge that attacking or inflicting harm upon another person is “wrong”. Most of us frown upon people who resort to such violent acts, and they are punishable by law. However, as we progress into the 21st century, the line of when the use of violence can ever be “right” or justified is getting increasingly blurred. The need for war, punishment, and even domestic violence can be said to deter further violence or stop present violence from exacerbating.
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Thus, some feel that such violence is not justified and lifelong imprisonment should be meted out instead. However, some criminals have committed crimes so heinous, such as the planning of the September 9/11 attacks by Osama Bin Laden, that people have hailed and celebrated his killing, and have seen this as just and fair. Thus, it is difficult to draw the line where capital punishment is concerned.

A parent or schools disciplining a child can be also considered violence. As the saying goes, “spare the rod and spoil the child”. Many parents, particularly in Asian countries, deem it fit to discipline their children with violence, namely by hitting them with their hands or canes. By inflicting such harm on their impressionable and vulnerable children, parents wish to give them a stern warning not to do certain things again. Schools also carry out disciplinary actions to students who have committed offences such as cheating or stealing. As parents and teachers play an integral role in shaping the moral character of our young ones and in a sense, have the duty to bring up children well, such violence can be justified if it prevents children from carrying out certain undesirable actions, and learn from their mistakes.

However, there is a thin line between discipline and abuse. Some parents have gone so far as to lash at children with belts and hangers, sometimes in a drunkard

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