While it is not new to the human race, violence is so evident in our world today and is an increasing problem in modern society. The scope and efficiency of violent behavior has had serious consequences, and the global pandemic of violence against women including rape, incest, sex slavery, domestic violence, and last but not least, organized political violence with the use of physical force – i.e. deaths from wars for the twentieth century top one hundred million.
Getting violent over an issue is an expression of extreme negative emotion for purposefully hurting someone. Quite often, people who act violently have trouble controlling their feelings or negative emotions such as frustration, anger, bitterness, arrogance, jealousy, envy, greed, fear, suspicious nature, poor will power, and inferiority complex.
The threat of punishment or jail time is a blunt instrument for deterring people from committing crimes and injustices. Harsh punishments are not linked to reduced rates of offending, reports say. People will be prevented by the threat of punishment only if they are rational actors. Even then, these are the minorities, and of course, detention is the appropriate penalty for criminals and may be one solution, but not a preventive one!
Prevention lies in tackling the root causes of the problem which fall grossly under the word IGNORANCE. Related social norms are a major root cause of domestic violence and ill-treatment against women. Men are usually wrongly brought up as being superior to women, while in fact, they are superior to them in some abilities and inferior in others. The truth is that women and men are different, but very equal in value; they don’t compete but complete each other, whereas a mutual respect and equality in rights should prevail.
The child abuse issue – physical and emotional violence – and neglect in the home is becoming a serious problem because abused children suffer greater emotional than physical damage that can impact their lives both negatively and dangerously; an abused child may withdraw, contemplate suicide, or become violent and abuse others. Education for parents is a significant component of any comprehensive set of preventive services for those at high risk of abusing or neglecting their children, and is a cornerstone of child abuse prevention.
The culture of peace and non-violence between nations is a commitment to mutual respect, tolerance, intercultural and interfaith dialogue; it is a natural prevention system against wars. Building peace in the minds of men and women through education and knowledge could secure the unanimous and lasting support of the people of the world; peace therefore is to be founded not only upon the political and economic agreements between governments, but rather upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind, as well stated in the Unesco “Culture of Peace and Non-violence.”
The responsibility to reduce and end violence lies within each of us. Promoting education and knowledge to raise awareness across the globe is one effective strategy. Education is the key to uniting nations and to bringing human beings closely together, favoring a culture of peace that goes to the substance of fundamental human rights: democracy, literacy, social justice, respect, and dignity for all. Education is a key tool in combating poverty and in promoting environmental awareness; it is a crucial step towards knowledge building, rising above, through a sustained improvement of ideas and understanding. Core knowledge humanizes our behavior and brings out the best in us. When we know better, we do better, where education is the key towards knowledge, understanding, and tolerance.