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Can We Really Be Nonviolent?

March 20, 2020

I have always wondered if we can be nonviolent in true sense. Is it possible? If so, then how? Taking on the philosophy of nonviolence is a difficult task because the philosophy of violence on the other hand is strong and logical. Here I don’t refer to violence as physical violence only; violence can also be an argument, denial, disagreement etc.

When I deny what is due to one in my life then it is considered as unjust and therefore violent. I kept someone deprived of what s/he may deserve. We human beings are guided by some notion of the natural laws. Everyone and everything has a place of its own in the world or say universe.

For instance, if I move a book from one place to another, I have essentially become violent with it because the book was in its place where it was suppose to be. The pages of the books came from a tree in some forest which too was moved from its space, the gum from which the book was made was also exploited from somewhere in the nature.

When I walk I always avoid stepping on ants and other insects so as to avoid doing violence but am I really being nonviolent? I am crushing endless world of organisms under my foot while I walk. If I move from one place to another it is violence since I have changed my place and may be the space where I was supposed to be.

It is therefore, I argue that living a completely nonviolent life is impossible. The human nature and behavior cannot avert the liking for violence.

Dr. Udayprakash Sharma, Assistant Professor, Unitedworld School of Liberal Arts and Mass Communication (USLM)

Disclaimer: The opinions / views expressed in this article are solely of the author in his / her individual capacity. They do not purport to reflect the opinions and/or views of the College and/or University or its members.

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