Effects of Violence on Individuals and Communities
Many activities and decisions undertaken by people on earth lead to positive or negative effects. Some of the doings are done for the benefit of humanity and end up influencing the lives of numerous people as well as communities. However, some actions and decisions that people make tend to cause catastrophic effects to them. Some of the ill effects originating from various human deeds may be done intentionally while others represent good deals that turn out to be sour. The human race faces various challenges in life some of which are natural while others are as a result of ignorance and recklessness (Fowler 48–58). Factors such as diseases can be said to be a natural phenomenon that occurs with very minimal human contribution. On contrary, war and violence occur as a consequence of human deeds or utterances that could be otherwise easily avoided. The world has experienced several instances of severe violence that resulted in appalling effect on the humankind. It can take place between two countries or more, as well as between to communities that fail to settle their disagreements or disputes by use of amicable and professional tactics. Moreover, some violence can occur between two individuals or a group of people following various disputes.
Regardless of the form of violence, participants, location and time of the occurrences, the aftermath of any war is undesirable. Most archaic Greek Poets have produced impressive work over time that addresses violence in broad angles. The work of the poets explains various form of violence as well as their associated repercussion. The poems enlighten war, natural violence, and civil strife.
War as a form of violence comprises of armed conflict that occurs between various countries or amidst certain communities in a country. On the hand, it can also be expressed through civil strife that is less severe compared to war. Civil strife is also known as civil disorder or unrest. It is a form of violence that is instigated by a group of people as a way of airing their grievances or expressing their dissatisfaction over particular happenings. The archaic Greek poets mainly focus on the effects of violence on the lives of people as well as that of the community. Whenever war occurs, humankind tends to suffer in a number of ways (Fowler 70–78).
The most critical and painful consequence of violence is the loss of lives. In most cases, masses of people are killed and others get serious injuries. The number of deaths depends on the form of violence, participants, and the weapons used. In wars involving two powerful countries, or communities a lot of citizens tend to lose their lives due to the use of modern and advanced armaments. Apart from death, wars result in severe injuries that render most victims disabled for the rest of their lives. Moreover, some injuries cause serious disfigurations that affect the victims greatly. Consequently, war causes a lot of sufferings to individuals not only due to physical injuries but also the ensuing mental torture.
There is no loss that is as great as that of a death of a person. Loss of lives hurts family members, relatives, and friends. Moreover, countries also undergo great loss of potential workers and productive people who happened to contribute to the economic growth.
Violence leads to loss of resources such as property, money and time. All forms of violence tend to destroy properties worth millions as well as wastage of money that could be spent in development treating the victims of war. Therefore, it goes without saying that war is an enemy of growth and development. Countries that are in war regularly tend to lag behind in terms of economic, social and political advancements.
Similarly, violence leads to displacement of people from their homes. After an outbreak of war, some communities may be forced to resettle to unspecified locations. Sometimes the communities may not be directly forced to leave, but due to increased incidences insecurities, it is rational to relocate to safer places. Often, the displaced communities end up settling in temporary camps where they are referred as refugees. Violence increases the number of refugees who resort to live in unfavorable conditions characterized by diseases, hunger and inadequate shelter.
The post we may find on also addresses various approaches that have been used to alleviate the situations during the periods of war and disputes. They discuss various tactics such as creating a peaceful environment in the neighborhood and treating people with respect (Fowler 60–78). The best remedy for war and disputes is avoidance. However, if the disputes occur, the involved parties should embrace the modern and professional methods of conflict resolution. The poets discourage the use of violence has it does not solve the problem but creates more disaster. Conflicts can be solved by use methods such as courts, dialogues, mediation, and reconciliation. Some forms of violence are extremely dangerous as they tend to affect the current as well as the future generations. The Greek poets made it clear that there are different forms of violence that cause unbearable consequences to the individuals and the communities in general.