It is a mystery to me why some cultures take to violence and killing to settle

United States
January 29, 2011 1:33pm CST
I am watching the uprising in Egypt and also thinking about other areas.. where people, to settle problems, resort to violence, burning buildings, killing. What does this do.. I find myself asking why some cultures settle all their problems with the gun and violence.. I mean .. problems within their own country. I am thinking it would be so terrible if here in the USA we would start resolving our grievances with government or laws by burning buildings or rioting. Yet.. we have some individuals .. that have acted this way ..but such large crowds ..no
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@ptower76 (1618)
• United States
29 Jan 11
Violence is not good whatever the level. America has a history of violence and as a matter of fact, was born out of war. Violence was openly tolerated for hundreds of years here against the Native American and African Americans. Some of the acts of American violence would put the violence we see today to shame. For someone like me, it is difficult to understand why people in general and entire cultures in particular resort to violence. Look back at American history and you will see much large scale violence. One historic incident is the draft riots in New York City of 1863 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Draft_Riots There have been many more. Violent behavior is one of the darker sides of human kind. It is very real.
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• United States
29 Jan 11
I am not blind to our history. but we should be moving forward not regressing back ward. We had the wild west. Civil war but we have learned better ways to handle our problems. With laws and order, such ways are not so prevelant. WE have learned. We still make mistakes. What I am saying that we and all other cultures have the past for something to learn from and not to return to.
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@ptower76 (1618)
• United States
29 Jan 11
Yes you are right. I like to think that we have learned from the past and hope we can continue to progress until violence itself becomes a thing of the past.
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• United States
29 Jan 11
Don't be so quick to uplift the American people. It may not happen as often, but American can give way to violent rioting as well. I was here for the Cincinnati Riots back in 2001, and I shake my head every time I think about it. The people did have just right to be angry. Unjustified the police had taken an innocent life, Timothy Thomas, and seeing how he wasn't the first, the people in Cincinnati were outraged because it seemed nothing was being done about it. But the way we responded was ignorant and unnecessary. Urban people tore down urban stores. They made this riot out to be black citizens against white racist police, but the only things that got damaged were the very few businesses urban people had in our area. So after the riots people had fewer places to shop, and a curfew at which to be in. Violence solves nothing.
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• United States
29 Jan 11
I did not uplift the American People I stated, if you read, it would be terrible if we reverted to such rage. The quantity and amount of destruction of what's happening in Egypt is far surpassing what happened in Ohio. There is never justification for violence that endangers innocent people simply beecause we are angry and don't like something. OUr actions become animalistic when we don't ocnsider the outcome and how it's going to affect so many who are not the cause of the problem!
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• China
1 Feb 11
There have never been tranquilty in the world,today the uprising in Egypt,tomorrow where ,what will take place?Of the people that take part in violence, some are good,others are desperadoes,they are made use of,a handful of bad persons ,which have an axe to grind, confuse and poison their minds,stir up trouble,make them become a cat's-paw.
• Mexico
30 Jan 11
Hi little franciscan: I think every culture have a past related to violence and when their past is too close with violent events is difficult to get out of this violent cycle. Violence is not rational but sometimes groups, partires, people in general hate so much their brothers so they can't live together. There are also some economical subjects that make life even more difficult and violence comes as result of frustrations. ALVARO
@Strovek (870)
• Malaysia
30 Jan 11
Violence has never been a good way to resolve issues but sometimes when no other avenues are available that seems to be the only way. It is sad but true.