Social-Violence: A Part Of Human Nature?

Saatchi & Lawson

Saatchi & Lawson

Has violence become a naturalized element of our primitive past in modern day society. Can only the rich and wealthy afford to get away with murder? The reason I ask this question is because of the hypocritical politically-correct ideology that people should not express physical emotions of anger. There is a thin line between love and hate; and due to the recent emergence of mass digital communications, anger (an emotion which was previously easy to hide) has become one of the most dominant emotions of social media.

Click on any YouTube video and take the time to read some of the video comments below. It won’t be long before you come across; racist, sexist or some other form of angry message from a ‘registered‘ user. Twitter also allows ‘registered‘ users to diss’ each other privately and publicly over celebrity ‘likes‘ and pop cultural icons. Computer games like ‘Grand Theft Auto‘ and ‘Call Of Duty‘ are also responsible for naturalising violence in our modern world. ‘Call Of Duty‘ contains violent war scenarios and web-chat features where users can argue over who the better killer is.

Venerable young people have access to social media, they also have the ability to contribute to the angry pool of online social-violence. Online aggression can cause the same effects if not worse as physical violence. With physical violence the scars are easier to identify but the emotional damage caused by social media bullying is not so easy to spot. What Twitter and YouTube have in common is a relaxed attitude to angry, perverted and violent users leaving comments without fear of consequence. Maybe this is because these corporate organisations believe that anger and violence are just a part of human nature.

Nigella Lawson Choked

Nigella Lawson ‘allegedly‘ Choked by Husband

Last week millionaire businessman Charles Saatchi was snapped by a photographer allegedly grabbing his TV Cook wife Nigella Lawson around the throat outside of an upmarket restaurant in the middle of the day. The event resulted in Mr Saatchi receiving a caution from the police who intervened after British newspapers published the photographs of the alleged abuse. Automatically there was a media frenzy with spokeswomen labeling Saatchi a domestic abuser and Lawson a good role model for women.

After listening LBC 97.3 radio on Thursday 18th June I got the feeling that presenter Lian Dale was less concerned with the issue of domestic violence and and more with the invasion of Saatchi’s privacy. You can pay to download the ‘From domestic goddess to domestic violence! – 18 Jun 13podcast of the show here. Deputy Prime Minister and LBC radio host Nick Clegg also seemed to avoid labeling the Saatchi incident as domestic abuse live on his show;

Watch Nick Clegg in the video clip below:

Watching the Deputy Prime Minster of the United Kingdom struggle to discuss the issue of domestic violence on his own radio show made me wonder if having lots of money changes the public perception of alleged violent people (Naomi Campbell/Cheryl Cole) . In the case of Chris Brown vs Rihanna it seemed like Brown got off lightly with something an ordinary working-man would not escape from. Brown may have recovered from his Rihanna incident but how many people were responsible for turning a blind eye before Riri allegedly got her face punched in? Maybe her abuse started with play-fighting and throat grabbing too? Since the Rihanna incident Brown has allegedly violently clashed with Drake and Frank Ocean proving that violence is more than a issue of gender.

Rihanna

Allegedly ‘Rihanna after attack’

Whatever Saatchi did or did not do does not change the initial dilemma of my blog post, are humans naturally violent? Are working-class people being told not to act violently when all the wealthy people are secretly causing wars in the privacy of their mansions? If this is true then it is wrong to judge angry people because anger like love and passion is just another natural human emotion.

The question is how do we channel human anger in ways in which do not affect other humans in abusive ways? Firstly we all need to lead by example. The ruling classes  should not be exempt from the rules of society, starting wars for no reason should also be viewed as violent act. People need to be able to express there anger in healthy ways like talking about how they feel with respect, exercising or playing competitive sports like football.

Boxing

Female Boxing (Controlled Anger)

Women have taken large steps in achieving independence in our modern society. It’s sad when violent abuse takes place no matter who the victim is. Public displays of abuse can not be tolerated no matter how small it seems. People use violence to abuse others when they loose control of their thoughts and actions. Although we live in a modern society where western women are increasingly respected as equal individuals; its sad to think that domestic violence may become something which is no longer a shocking sight.

I do not feel comfortable with the way the media report on violence. Too often women are viewed as the main victims of abuses often ignoring male victims of violence. Violence is not just a problem for women it is a problem for everyone. The more we become desensitized to uncontrolled violence the more normal abuse will become in society. If we try to encourage people to vent anger without abuse, society would develop and understand better ways of dealing with the angry aspects of human nature.

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  1. We need to change the easy acceptance of violence, but the problem is huge. Movies, music and media all make far too much money off people’s obsession with violence to be interested in changing their ways. I’m with you, though. I don’t think choking someone is ever okay. Or hitting. Violence is power and control. Who doesn’t want power and control? Should you want power and control over anyone but yourself? I would say no, but I don’t know very many people who live by that standard.

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