Not today. Not tomorrow. Never. Ever.
We all have our battles. We all defend ourselves. We all try to raise our voices for something we believe in.
I believe we should do all our best to eradicate violence.
Violence against women, men, children, old people, and animals is not acceptable.
Some people might think that violence has degrees. A slap is not the same as a punch. Economic pressure has not the same impact as sexual abuse. Rape can’t be compared to threats. Honor killing is one thing and war killing is another one.
I don’t agree.
If violence has degrees, this means that all type of violence can be defended. It only depends on what people think about it.
I can’t agree with this.
And I have a hard time dealing with people who disagree with me on this particular subject (but this is my own problem).
Violence is everywhere. In the street. At school. In the office. At college. In our homes also. At the hospital. In prison. You can’t put one foot on the ground, without seeing violence around you. It’s horrible to think that the world, our world, is consumed by violence.
Violence has origins, and before fighting it, we should understand where this violence comes from. Each case is different. Each person reacts differently to violence. But we should not allow it.
We should educate instead. We should find solutions, setting up programs, helping the ones who know their violence cause harm to others and want to change. We should protect victims and erase the guilt.
It’s my vision of the world. A world free of violence. Too idealistic for some. But what about our kids? What do we really want for them?
If we accept a slap, we accept violence as part of our lives. If we accept that a man can be harassed at work, we accept violence as part of our lives. How can we then say NO to it?
I agree that in some cases, using violence might be the only solution at hand. I mean, the only solution that we can think of. Because we are tired. Because we can’t stand a situation. Because life is painful. Because we feel that hitting would relieve us from the burden we carry. That’s ok. That’s human.
The deal is not to let violence take power over us. We have to stay in charge. We have to learn to control our feelings and emotions. We can easily find courses on this. We can pray, turn towards God, he will answer our prayers. We can talk, we can start boxing or a new sport. We can think of our breath and meditate. This is our duty to not allow violence to enter our hearts, minds, bodies. This is our duty to stay NO to violence inside our lives, inside our homes.
Violence can never solve a problem. Look around you and you’ll see that wars are killing way too many people. And nothing change. Men are beating their wives and killing them even sometimes. We can’t forget this. Children see their mums tortured, sick, in much pain and exhausted.
I feel disgusted. I feel ready to throw up, every time I read about these horrors, which happen in our friend’s homes, in our neighbor’s houses.
I can’t stand violence. Not today. Not tomorrow. Never. Ever.