The Strengths of Violence

When I work, I see crazy outbursts for simple things such as not giving someone a cup of coffee. I also see fights for dumb reasons like someone stealing someone else’s shirt. Clearly, I work as a nurse’s assistant at a mental hospital. Through the humanities theme on war, it makes me wonder, where does all this anger come from? How did they get to this point in their life? In my opinion, this anger developed from a small age that just got worse and worse as the years went by.

While my mom was on Facebook, she came across a very interesting, yet shocking video. Although the video gives no specific details, we can infer some details. This video was a fight of two little girls about the age of six. They appear to be from a Central American country. The little girls, Lizeth with a dress and Lily who was topless, were surrounded by a group of people that varied in age form children their own age, to older kids, to adults including their mothers. Instead of stopping the fight, the crowd cheers them on and laughs. These types of fights seem to be very common within this community.

It is very clear that this fight is occurring based on their mothers wish rather then the two little girls own will. Lizeth’s mom threatens her daughter that if she did not hit Lily then she would hit her with the stick that she was carrying in her hand. After Lizeth repeatedly hit Lily she tells her mom to throw the stick away since she already hit the girl. Lizeth clearly got into this fight by force, because she did not want to get hit by her own mother.

The reason for the fight seems to be because Lily hit Lizeth. Lizeth’s mother told them they had to get into a fight so that Lily can learn that Lizeth should be respected as well. This is ironic because someone who is trying to be respected will not earn that respect by acting the same way. This is a moral rule a mother should teach her child from a young age.

The link for the video is posted below. These two photos can also represent their fight. The first picture shows two little boys who are fighting. This picture shows the same disgust that is shown throughout the video. The second photo shows another two boys fighting, while a group of boys enjoy the fight as if it were a fight behind a TV screen that you could not break up. In the crowd, the people also do not prevent the fight. Instead they make it an interesting event that had to be watched.

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So, since these kids are learning this from a very young age it makes me wonder what will become of them once they get older. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry provides information on violent behavior in children and adolescents. Their article says, “Being the victim of physical abuse and/or sexual abuse [and the] exposure to violence in the home and/or community,” along with several other factor lead to violent behavior. Once children are exposed to this behavior they learn to view this type of behavior as normal. Once one little thing troubles them, they will snap and will possibly become a danger.

The next image shows a father yelling at the mother. The mother then lets he anger out at her son. This little boy then yells as his teddy bear. This is ironic because teddy bears are supposed to be loving and comfortable, but this little boy is filled with anger, so he cannot show any kindness. The next picture shows three little boys. They are all looking up the same way you would look up to someone who has a big influence in your life. The first boy to the left has written, “I will learn the cycle of abuse,” the next boy has “I see the violence,” and the last boy has “I am aware.” People say that kids brains are like sponges. They take in and learn everything that they see. Since they see violence, they will grow up to be violent as well.
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Therefore, I believe that since Lily and Lizeth are both learning to be violent at a young age, they will grow up to be violent. Even though they may not be in a mental hospital, I also believe they will have the same angry snaps that I see at work. Some parents to do not consider the consequences of teaching their children ugly habits until they see the monster they have created.

Works Cited

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 1 Dec. 2011. Web. 15 Mar. 2015. <http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Facts_for_Families_Pages/Understanding_Violent_Behavior_In_Children_and_Adolescents_55.aspx&gt;.

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