It is a fact that violence is almost a daily part of our lives; we get to hear and see increasingly violent acts on TV with such frequency that almost nothing shocks us anymore. Does this mean that we have accepted the fact that our society is doomed to destroy itself? On the contrary, we often become jaded because these violent take place often so much so that we are no longer shocked or awed by it. Of course, when TV or internet clips show awful scenes of the murdered victim in a body bag we are shocked. For the sake of this speech, I will cover the causes of one on one violence and not violence carried out by armies down the ages.
The million-dollar question still remains, why are people so violent these days, or have there always been people who have been violent? Well, there are various reasons why a person may behave violently towards others but let us cover some of the motivations behind the violent acts that we get to learn about on a daily basis.
- Intolerance: One of the reasons behind the exponential increase in violence is that people, in general, are becoming more intolerant of each other. It has gotten to the point of being ludicrous where a simple accident on the road immediately sets a person off and before you know it, you have yet another incidence of road rage.
- Drugs and alcohol: Consuming drugs or alcohol or both together can cause people to lose inhibitions. This can cause several people to act out differently and at times, they can turn unpredictably violent. Drugs or alcohol on its own do not cause a person to become violent rather it causes you to lose your inhibitions and any violent tendencies that you may have suppressed are bound to come out.
The drug Yaba, is a combination of methamphetamine (a powerful and addictive stimulant) and caffeine commonly used in Asia. Users place the yaba tablet on aluminum foil and heat it from below. According to Justice.go, National Drug Intelligence Center, users may have:
episodes of violent behavior, paranoia, anxiety, confusion, and insomnia.
- Abuse: Kids who have been physically abused during their childhood are more likely to repeat the cycle of abuse. According to Childwelfare.gov ‘Research suggests that child abuse is known to repeat itself from generation to generation. This cycle of abuse can occur when children who were victims of abuse and/or neglect or witnessed violence between their parents or caregivers.’
- Broken homes: kids who come from broken homes and a dysfunctional upbringing are bound to be psychologically affected. As a result, they may at times be violent and may even lose control of themselves, at times. As a result of this upbringing, they are increasingly intolerant towards others.
- Greed: People often covet what they do not have and this often becomes the sole motivation behind several acts of violence, from bank robberies to cold-blooded murders. Greed is the root of all evil and it certainly is the case where violence is concerned. The want for drugs also causes some people to steal and even murder to get their fix.
- Lack of empathy: Often there are those who have a decided lack of empathy towards how others feel and as a result, they often do not care how their acts of violence affect others. This lack of empathy on their part could be caused by several factors from dysfunctional backgrounds to being physically or emotionally abused by others.
These are some of the reasons why there is so much violence in the world these days. The fact is that life these days is bound to be stressful and if you feel like you are being overwhelmed or feel like screaming your head off, there are various measures you can take to de-stress yourself, starting with Yoga.
If you are a victim of violence in the household, school, or in an open place remove yourself from the violent person. It is illegal in all modern states to be violent so make sure you inform the police or headteacher if you are a victim of this crime. Apart from rare circumstances such as self-defense, there is no legal reason to be violent to anyone, in any situation so don’t let the perpetrator get away with it.