Sept. 17, 2010: Random acts of kindness, patience can help prevent violence, by Kayla Champlin

September 17, 2010 by

Webster’s Dictionary defines violence as “the use of physical force in a manner calculated to do harm to a person or his/her property.” In a small town like Concordia, major violent actions do not occur very often. But violence can be verbal, too.

Violence can have many triggers such as conflicts with siblings and friends or bullying. Constant exposure to violence in movies and music lyrics can also be triggers. However, there are conscious actions we can take to prevent ourselves from being involved in violent situations.

Through knowledge and prevention, situations that have the possibility of turning violent might instead become opportunities to practice forbearance and benevolence.

Violence can have many causes. For example, when problems arise at home the family members can become aggressive. Demonstrating love and affection to those at home can help us prevent aggressive behavior.

Another method of preventing violence is monitoring what music we listen to and what movies we watch. Many violent actions may happen because people try to replicate what they see in movies. Music with cruel and corrupt lyrics can also cause people’s negative emotions and actions to escalate. This was demonstrated in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting.

Before violence can be stopped, each person has a responsibility to find ways to prevent it.

In our world, there are many situations that can cause violence. Our job is to prevent those situations from happening. One of the single most important attributes we can have is patience. Overreacting quickly and without thinking won’t lead anyone to the right decision.

When we use patience in all situations and with all people, it will decrease the chances of violent confrontations. If that is impossible, the next response should be to remove ourselves from the situation in order to cool down. Patience is essential in eliminating violence. Although it is not always easy; it can be mastered.

In a perfect world, there would be no violence. Unfortunately, our world isn’t perfect.

Rachel Scott — one of the 12 students killed in the Columbine shootings — said, “People will never know how far a little kindness can go,” which I believe is absolutely true. Random acts of kindness can sometimes be the turning point that averts potential violence.  Because everyone struggles, it is essential that people make a conscious effort to support and encourage those around them. Violence won’t be eradicated overnight, but with the effort of each individual, acts of kindness will make a significant impact.

Since violence is always present, we must find ways to keep it from escalating. Patience is one of the most important qualities to help prevent violence. We should treat our families with kindness and involve children in wholesome activities. These are good preventative measures. Using these ideas can replace violence with peace in our world.

Mahatma Gandhi said it best. “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.”

— Kayla Champlin is the daughter of Steve and Kari Champlin. She is a senior at Concordia High School and is the president of Friends of Rachel.


One Response to “Sept. 17, 2010: Random acts of kindness, patience can help prevent violence, by Kayla Champlin”

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