Role of Non-violence in Reducing Juvenile Gangs and Crime Essay

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Our society incorporates violence into nearly every aspect of its existence. We pick up the newspaper or turn on the television and find details of the latest violent crimes. More often these crimes involve children. Recently two young boys murdered a young girl for her bicycle. They valued a material object more than a human life. At some point in their lives they learned it was okay to harm another individual. No one provoked them and they were not defending themselves. They acted out of pure selfishness. Sadly this scenario has become all too familiar over the last few years. In the past two decades violent crime among juveniles ages 14-17 has increased tremendously. Between 1983 and 1992 juvenile arrests increased 117% …show more content…
He preferred negotiation to direct action, but he also believed that this action was a means to negotiations with formerly unwilling parties. Nonviolent direct action creates tension. Communities refusing to negotiate are forced to confront the issue. King rooted his beliefs in the teachings of Jesus and Mahatma Gandhi.

Jesus of Nazareth commands nonviolence and love of enemies, he urges his rationale to be nothing less than the imitation of God (Hamm, 2). "You will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked." This leads to the often repeated golden rule of doing to others what you would have done to you. As Dr. James Dobson said, "everything we do affects other people, positively or negatively" (281). He believes it is foolish to say that one should do their own thing if it does not hurt anyone else because everything we do affects other people. Matthew states this more completely in 5:45: "But I say to you love your enemies, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust" (Hamm, 2). Religion gives an individual a sense of right and wrong and encourages compassion toward others.

Mahatma Gandhi practiced civil disobedience through marches and fasting. He felt that all people were
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