Messages of Violence and Nonviolence

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A writer’s thoughts on political trumpeting in America

In the current, highly charged political climate in America, insults and egregious conduct appear to win favors with a significant section of the public. The soundbite thoughts above relate, as may be obvious, to a loud presidential candidate who appears to pursue vote gathering for himself through what another called ‘rabble rousing.’

An essential difference must be made clear! Divisive, abrasive voices reflect violence within, while inclusive, tolerant, voices reflect nonviolence. Politicians will not hesitate to employ any tactic that will garner them votes. This may appear to only be ‘politicking,’ but inherent therein is grave danger. One cannot assume that the insults, and uncouth behavior, thrown with a complete absence of restraint, is only a politically expedient approach. That once elected, such a person will revert to a hoped-for ideal of a strong and compassionate leader. No, a bully is most enthusiastic, and effective, when bullying.

This is one of the key messages I hope to convey with ‘Humbling and Humility.’ Restraint and Social Consciousness are of far greater value to us, individually and socially, than freedom and individual pursuits of self-benefit, never mind what has been said and written into documents of old. The former qualities reflect nonviolence within the soul, while the latter, more often than not, lead to violence – upon oneself, others, and upon society as a whole.

Besides, laws cannot mandate ethical or principled conduct. Rigid enforcement of laws may largely be oppressive, punitive, and lead to greater calls for freedom, and rebellion at worst. A nation of laws, without a refined social conscience, therefore, is destined to the turmoil brought about by such extrinsic force and control.

Thoughts?

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About Rian Nejar

Rian Nejar is an Indian-American author. He trained and worked as an engineer in India, lived briefly in the Middle East, and arrived in America in the early 90's. After a Master’s degree in electrical engineering in America, he worked as an academic instructor, engineer, entrepreneur, and technical writer over the two decades since. Humbling and Humility (http://goo.gl/FKUnCM) is his first mainstream nonfiction. He lives and writes in the Southwest United States.
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