Types Of Violence Within Our World Essay

1997 Words Oct 13th, 2016 8 Pages
As Zizek says, there are four types of violence in our world. The first one to catch our eye is, subjective violence; violence that is normally considered to be violent (e.g. acts of crime and terror). On the contrary, objective violence is usually overlooked, since it exists at the non-violent zero level of daily life. Humans habitually excuse or ignore this hidden violence because by virtue of something harming us, we become blind to the violent force. Zizek reveals this human truth by stating, “violence must by definition ignore its traumatic impact”(4). In other words, objective violence is almost inconspicuous, since the victims are blinded to the brutalities. Therefore, in order to see the underlying or objective violence, we must take a step back and look at the source of the problem from a different perspective because humanity struggles to identify the underlying or objective violence due to our emotions and feelings keep us from seeing reality. As soon as we are able to do that, we will be able to see the systemic and symbolic violence in our “smooth-functioning” economic and political system.
I can relate to Zizek’s view on violence because, as a child I grew up in a fairly dangerous environment, where there were many violent and brutal acts on civilians, everyday. But I was too young to understand the objective violence, which I am able to realize today. I was born in Bogota, Colombia in the late 90’s; which was a utterly different country compared to what I can…

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