2007 - Most Philosophical 8th Grader
Amy Singleton, Hawaii.
Do more people use violence or compassion?
Compassion is easier to some and violence to others, but violence
makes a greater impact on society than compassion. Violence has
a greater impact on society because people notice, remember, and
are affected by it more and many use it every day, even if it's
Violence has a greater impact on society than
compassion because people remember it. People watch and are riveted
by it. It gets noticed more and had more attention paid to it.
If somebody dies in a neighborhood by murder, the people living
there aren't going to just say oh well, as if they saw somebody
give a hug to someone else. It affects them more and makes a bigger
impact that lingers around for a long time. September 11th is
a good example; even today people still talk about this incident.
People remembered the event for a long time and will probably
pass the story along to future generations.
Violence affects many more people than compassion
does. It 'reaches' more people; for example a war, the Iraq war
we are in right now. Many people die and their families and communities
suffer from the loss. They can't just forget, the person that
they loved is dead. This impact may not be pleasant, but it is
greater than the impact compassion causes. For example, if someone
had help with their homework is usually affects just that person,
but not his or her whole family or community.
Self-defense is an understandable way to use
violence. Malcolm X said, "It doesn't mean that I advocate
violence, but at the same time, I am not against using violence
in self defense. I don't call it violence when it's self defense,
I call it intelligence." I agree with his opinion; defense
is an intelligent way of using violence. Sometimes you can't just
'turn the other cheek'. Violence is defined as an unjust exercise
of power and the physical force for the purpose of damage or abuse.
If someone gets attacked the attacker is using a bad way of violence.
Many people use violence and it may not be correct, but it still
makes a greater impact on society than compassion.
Violence makes more of an impact on society
than compassion because people notice, remember and are affected
by it more. Also, many people use violence everyday even if it's
just self-defense. We use violence to have peace. George Orwell
said, "People sleep peacefully at night only because rough
men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." The 'rough
men' he refers to are soldiers who will protect you during a war,
so you can 'sleep peacefully'. There are bad and understandable
ways to use violence, but it will make an impact whichever way
you or others around you choose to use it. Violence, rather than
compassion, will always make a greater impact on society.
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