Hi Anand- Thanks for reading and sharing your feedback here. Regarding Gandhi, I too was surprised when I read some of his comments about violence and how to deal with it. As for violent people, I agree that the quality of nurturing, childrearing and impacts of society all shape who we become. However, I have dealt with some people in my long police career who don’t fit this view. They had loving parents, were raised well, and yet went on to become violent, dangerous people. I don’t know if it’s a flaw in their brain chemistry, or a reflection of pure evil. What I do know is that when someone become violent and attacks you with a weapon, sometimes the only option is to defend yourself.
I took a look at your paper, which was interesting. Yes, we are all made up of atoms, but I personally believe we are more than this. That we have a soul, a presence beyond our physical form. Also, you wrote something to the effect that bad behavior is a lack of education. I politely disagree. Sometimes, this is true. But other times, people are quite aware that what they are doing is wrong. They were properly educated, yet choose to behave badly. I’m a big believer in personal responsibility, and get uncomfortable assigning bad parenting or society for the bad actions and criminal behavior of some people.
Thanks for your comments, it’s good to consider all sides of these issues!