I believe that violence is an inherent part of human nature that manifests itself in a variety of ways: physical violence, emotional violence, social violence, cathartic violence, destructive violence, consensual violence, non-consensual violence, recreational violence, factual violence, fantasy violence…hell, I could go on all day. But yes, sure enough, I believe almost every human being on the face of the earth not only holds the capability to do some form of violence, but the propensity to engage in some form of it regularly.
This is not to say that every person on the face of the earth walks around (ahem) looking to “punch the fuck out of it”, but I think in some form or another, most people engage in violent behavior of some sort quite often.
Ah yes, I see you staring at me now…but hold up. You see, by its very definition, violence does not mean merely a physical act of aggression that results in the harm of another human being. The word itself means much more than that…and looking at it that way, as I do…
Why yes, the world is violent, violent place full of violent, violent people. And why are humans like that? Well, people would give you countless arguments as to why people engage in various forms of violence, and there are some complex and simple reasons to do so…some of which are, why yes, fully justifiable- such as self-defense…but I am going to go ahead and take that one step further and really go out on a limb here:
I firmly believe that many humans are violent or engage in violence because they enjoy it. They love it. It’s a rush, it brings them pleasure. Most people when they hear the words “You so kicked so and so’s ass”… whether that be in a physical altercation, a verbal altercation, a mental altercation, a political or social altercation…well, it brings a smile to their face. Strokes their ego. Puffs them up a bit, and yeah, that feels good.
Some people exercise this in a controlled form: sports, art, consensual acts of various kinds with other like-minded people, the debate team. Others do not. Others wield that violence as a weapon in all ways and get a rush that way. Some people do a little bit of both.
And some people (yes, I could look in the mirror) are obviously violent on some levels: They like full contact sports. Rough Sex. Action movies. They swear and yell a lot. Have violent fantasies that run the full gamut. They rarely back down from any kind of fight, even if there is a good chance they will get pummeled. They are openly aggressive in many ways. And yes, are honest about it. And yep, sure enough, I will admit it: violence is something in its various forms I have enjoyed. Do enjoy. But yes, I do have limits, because I think those are important too. Most of the time.
I will even go so far as to say I often think that violence is necessary. No one was going to talk Hitler out of WWII. Sometimes the only way you can make someone see reason is if they are on the ground bleeding. There is such a thing as justifiable homicide. And while not all violence is enjoyable to all humans…
Well, I tend to think if it was not part of our nature and enjoyable to many on some level…we wouldn’t do it, view it, write it, have it at all. Hell, we would not be so damn good at and dedicated to it.
But admit it or not…deep down, on some level, a whole lot of people get a rush out of hearing “you kicked ass…”
Shrug. At least I am honest about it.