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The issue of which is more influential, compassion or violence, has faced man over eons. But how can man even debate this issue when some of the greatest people in history have shown the importance of compassion?

            The issue of which is more influential, compassion or violence, has faced man over eons. But how can man even debate this issue when some of the greatest people in history have shown the importance of compassion?
Alfred Nobel is an example of a person who saw the importance of compassion over violence. This might appear ironic to us once we learn that he was not only the founder of the Nobel Peace Prize, but also the inventor of dynamite. He saw that the violent explosiveness of dynamite may prove to be effective, but he saw more effectiveness in compassion. Nobel chose to give special recognition to those who sought peace: the ultimate end of compassionate thought and behavior. He found compassion to be more satisfying. “If I have a thousand ideas and only one turns out to be good I am satisfied.” Employing compassion instead of violence, man may fail a couple of times but in the end it is more than worth the effort.
            Nonviolence is the strongest weapon of compassion. Gandhi believed in the power of nonviolence. “Nonviolence is not to be used ever as the shield of the coward. It is the weapon of the brave.” It is the brave who will use nonviolence to help bring positive change in the world. Gandhi pushed for compassion instead of violence because he believed that “We must be the change we want to see in the world”. If compassion is the way people want to rule the world then people must first demonstrate it.
            It is the compassion that people remember. While, it is hard to forget the violence that people have seen or suffered from, it is the compassion that will be celebrated and be inspirational to others. The best example of this is the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King Jr. was probably the most influential person of this movement. It was Martin Luther King who said “Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars... Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr. believed that compassion was much stronger because compassion is the only force that can over come violence. Violence breeds more violence, people must learn to show love to solve some of the conflicts in the world.
            Compassion is the strongest forces in the world. But people must learn to use it just like they must learn to crawl before they can walk. In order to solve some of the sins in the world everyone must learn to love and lend a helping hand rather than to employ violence and hate. Once people are able to do that the world might be able to reach the ultimate goal of peace.



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