Non Violence Vs Nonviolence

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We live in a world today where we are surrounded by violence. It seems to me that violence has increased within the last few years due to cultural and religious differences. Although violence has increased, has it really been effective? In my eyes, violence does nothing but hurt others. Instead, I believe that nonviolence is more effective. Like once said by the very influential Mahatma Gandhi, “Nonviolence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.” His quote is absolutely true, nonviolence is much more powerful than violence. Violence may be effective in the short run, but it does not leave the lasting effect that nonviolence does.
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As a person who has always lived in a place where my religion and ethnicity has been the minority, this topic is very relatable to me. There have been times when I have been made fun of and bullied due to my appearance and beliefs. Those experiences were some of the hardest moments of my life, and it has taught me to help others who are in situations like mine, and to have no tolerance towards people making fun of others. If legal limits were put in, many situations like bullying at schools would be reduced. Many may say that legal limits would limit our freedom of speech, but it does not mean that we should just say everything that comes to our minds. We should not overuse our right ot freedom of speech for immoral purposes, but rather for good. It is true that we can say what we want, but if it is hurtful or discriminatory to other, it should not be …show more content…
In the Charlie Hebdo shooting, the gunmen should not have violence in defense of their Islamic religion. All the violence did was cause chaos and left 11 people dead. The offended gunmen should have taken a nonviolent approach and should have conforted the newspaper company about not publishing anything discriminatory against their religion, formed a protest, or many different other nonviolence approaches. Violence in defense of religion should never justified. Instead of helping the situation, it only leads to a never ending vicious cycle.People cannot just kill or hurt people because they believe they are right. Just like another famous quote by Gandhi, “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.” If we all hurt each other, in the end, all of us will be hurt. Instead we must help each other and show others that resisting the temptation of violence is the best route to take. It all begins with us; we must show others to resist violence, so they will follow

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