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Sultan Saeed Al Darmaki: Silence the violence if you please
May 18, 2012
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They say that violence is never the answer; however I beg to differ because if you look at it from a different angle then you will see that violence is really an answer to the question, “How can we destroy ourselves?”

We see violence in almost every aspect of our lives, whether it is on the television, in music, in jokes we tell to each other, and on the news. Yet how many of us have seen it first hand? You might think that one can get used to violence if he/she watches enough action movies or blasts enough gangster-rap/death-metal in his/her stereo.

But the truth is that when you see it happening right in front of you then you will think: “Wait a minute, this isn’t as exciting as they showed it in the media, this is actually scaring me.” Violence is never pretty, never fun, and never justifiable.

“But hold on, then why are we, especially you Sultan, laughing at violent jokes?” This is because there is a fine line between Slapstick comedy and violence. Slapstick is a type of comedy based on exaggerated violence that results in funny and surrealistic situations. Many examples of these are apparent in the classic Tom & Jerry cartoons, The Marx Bros film, and in many modern day comedies as well.

The purpose of Slapstick is to make the audience laugh. Violence, on the other hand, serves no purpose other than causing real and actual harm to people. The problem is that some people can’t tell the difference because they don’t know better, or won’t care to know the difference because they would have nothing to complain about otherwise.

Can’t we all just sit down and have a good laugh whenever the hero gives the villain a punch that sends him flying to outer space instead of watching someone actually punching another person, which results in him being put in a hospital with head trauma or a concussion?

Is violence a natural thing in humans? No, there are many things in humans that are natural such as aggression, anger, the ability to make mistakes and many more. Violence can only occur in a person if he/she completely disregards what is right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable and humane or inhumane, as well discards logic and reasoning from his/her mind.

It is never a natural thing in people, because when people are being violent then you will see that it is an unnatural thing for humans to have because it doesn’t make them humans anymore, it makes them something completely worse.

There are a number of reasons why people turn violent:

Often people find themselves in dire situations that can not be solved on their own. If these people don’t ask for help or do ask for help but don’t get it then the stress eventually hits their nerves and awakens the monsters within. This is common with people suffering from poverty.

Loss of sanity is another reason. It is without a doubt that no sane person would act violently towards others, because it would require someone with fully functional reasoning to know what would happen if they try to hurt someone and therefore avoid it. However, if that reasoning is compromised in anyway then there is a great chance something might happen, therefore this must be remedied as soon as possible.

Victims of violence not only suffer from the harm it caused them physically, but also would suffer from the mental side effects. People who have been victims will often take vengeance on society for either not protecting them or not being there for them while they were suffering. I guess it is true that violence only begets more violence.

Violence is an ugly thing, it never solved anyone’s problems, however it only multiplied them and sent them flying in all directions. We can stop the violence; all it needs is a simple act, the act of thinking. If we were to think before we act then this world would not only be rid of violence, it would also be rid of racism, poverty, and senseless killings.
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The writer, based in Abu Dhabi,
is a graduate of New York Institute
of Technology (AD). He is the author
of Under My Black Halo.

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