Argumentative Essay On Violence In Society

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The Webster dictionary defines violence as “The use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property”(Violence, n.d.).There is no doubt that violence has been apparent in the evolution of humans, whether it be in modern civilization or in the early stages of homo sapient life. The question lies in whether violence is something humans have programmed in their genes or is a product of human lifestyle and culture. The topic of whether humans are violent by nature or not has been debated for years since there is no indefinite answer at the time being, however, I believe the case for humans being inherently violent is a much more firm opinion for a few reasons. These reasons consist of the fact that humans seem to constantly be at war, our …show more content…
People do not become violent towards others without an external catalyst. John Paul Scott wrote a quote saying “All of our present data indicate that fighting behavior among higher mammals, including man, originates in external stimulation and that there is no evidence of spontaneous internal stimulation.”(Scott, n.d.) This statement makes sense as we do not become violent and angry without an external stimulant. The problem with John’s statement is that this external stimulant requirement is needed for every kind of human emotion. For example, someone may become violent if they are told something they do not like or shown violence towards them.When it comes to sadness, if someone is told that one of their family members has passed away, that external stimulant will cause them to experience sadness. This means that if violence is just a product of external stimulants, then every emotion we experience is nothing more than a …show more content…
In many ways, the light hearted sports we watch on television and at stadiums have a strong resemblance to war. Teams clash in the attempt to defeat their opponent which we call winning, however they are doing nothing more than defeating their enemy as they would in war. Humans have played and watched sports to release their natural aggression for centuries and as far back as, Ancient Egypt. In the Roman Era, the masses would visit the amphitheatre to watch brutal gladiatorial games, just like modern day people would watch violent sports such as, football, MMA, boxing matches. One significant difference between our sports and the games of Ancient Rome is that in Ancient Rome, Gladiators would fight to the death against other Gladiators or animals to entertain the crowd. Many of today’s sports still do cause serious injuries. People love to watch this violence as they, get to experience their natural tendencies towards aggression through the

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