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I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the
good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
-Mahatma Gandhi
There are many forms of violence other than war. There is the violence family members
do to one another in an attempt to relieve their own suffering, such as calling 
a sibling a childhood name to get the upper hand in a dispute. Among grown-ups, 
this can embarrass and shame the person who is being ridiculed.
There is the violence of power that people exert over one another sometimes just
because they can. We see this in contexts such as the workplace and in everyday
transactions such as waiting to purchase something from a careless salesperson.
Because I am a short, older person, I have waited in line at a convenience store
watching the clerk
serve all the people in front of me and then turn to some other task when it came
my turn. Having had it happen several times, I know that is not my imagination. 
It is an act of ageism, and it is hurtful.
There is the careless parenting that allows children to be rude and disrespectful
to others and fails to teach about kindness and consideration.
There’s the violence done to a marriage when one partner devalues the other or shows
little care for his or her needs.
None of these are acts of war, but they do harm to others, and they work against
peace.
Submitted by Sandy Bierig

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