Looking back at America’s history, we are a nation that was built on violence and war. Europeans came across the ocean to this land and brutally took it over from the Native Americans, we fought for our independence from the British on this land, and we even fought amongst each other. All of these disputes helped build what we know as The United States of America today. It seems that no matter what we do, violence seems to follow us, or in some cases we tend to seek it out. But not everyone in this nation has always been for the unimaginable amount of carnage we have partaken in. The feeling toward violence has had its ups and downs within our culture. We have gone through periods of supporting our nation in war and we have also gone through periods of disapproval of our governments choices to enter conflict. The main thing that dictates our nation’s attitude toward violence and war is the purpose in which we are fighting for. If the people of our nation feel that the issue is worth all of the repercussions that come along with war and it is something that needs to be fought for, then it will be largely supported. If it is something that thousands of people should not be risking their lives over, then it will be largely protested. Like stated before, the attitude towards our countries advances on violence and military action within society largely depends on the reasons why we enter the conflict in the first place. One war that we can look at and see, maybe not
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Tyler Bonin’s The Atlantic article “The Challenge of Teaching War to Today's Students”, published in November 8th, 2017 addresses the “Challenge” of this article with “I realized that it was not simply a matter of disinterest, but rather that the subject only existed to them in an abstract manner”. Tyler Bonin, in his Rationale, interprets this challenge as a congestion to the future of the current generation in America as today’s students will be “exposed to an entirely new set of policies and institutions have been developed in the name of the “War on Terror.””. Thus in Bonin’s postulation, ultimately it is the civic responsibility of today’s students to understand and assess violence being
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As Americans, living in a egotistical and self centered society, we often think that we are the best, the top 1 percent in every aspect. However, When compared to other countries of the world, America is ranked 14th in education, 44th in health care efficiency, and 101th in peace. But it ranks first in incarceration, 2nd in ignorance, and 3rd in global competitiveness. One can see how the rankings that America is top in are those that promote violence in one way or another. In the book Violence and Culture: A Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Approach by Jack David Eller, the author discusses violence in American society in one of his chapters. In this chapter, he mentions some social characteristics that represents and plays a role in
What has our society come to these days? Everywhere we look, violence is present, at the streets, at work, at school, and even at home. Every day in the news we see reports about shootings, wars, thefts, drugs, rapes, and deaths. The worse part of seen this in the news is that all way do it’s complain about it and sit back. We do not even attempt an explanation or a resolution. Violence is among one of the most malignant act that has been increasing day by day. And why is it that we complain about other people being violent, but when we are asked if we are violent or if we have ever responded with violence, everyone says they are not violent. But if among ourselves we are not violent then who is it that makes our society a violent society?
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Talking about war tends to make people feel emotional, feel a sort of adrenaline rush, mad, and even proud. These emotions can at times, in my opinion, bring groups together and separate others because of disagreements on views and beliefs. While it is not easy to talk to anyone about delicate topics such as this one, it is important to acknowledge how war can influence societal behavior and culture. Many can argue that war unites people, particularly speaking of the United States; a country is known for its patriotism and pride when it comes down to its military forces and achievements across nations.
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