We are inclined to call certain acts as violent and others as peaceful . And then make judgements based on an incomplete understanding or partial and defective knowledge . The truth of a fact is that it is only in the Here and Now we experience things , or do acts or even think . Nobody does anything in the Past nor lives in the past or enjoys the past or nobody acts in the Future or enjoys in the future , for these are only conjectures and not realities - everything takes place in the Present .
Here I am employing a highly metaphysical point of view failing which we will not be able to arrive at a reasonable conclusion into any insight at least on violence in nature , or violence of nature or nature and violence etc. Again it has to be borne in mind that it is always the Universals that give the solution not the particulars - particulars are notorious for being subject to interpretations of necessity, motives, intent , reason ,judgement etc all of which will destroy the original truth of any Idea . So basically it is my individual view point and that of the general scheme of things .
We accept implicitly in the word Violence as descriptive of certain things unsavoury to us as human beings . Anything perceived as a threat to the collective existence is percieved as constituting violence . People are generally not very threatened by violence inflicted by one individual on another - what they are threatened by with are a perception of collective damage to existence of the tribe, people, country, world etc . Now society is as agglomeration of people - loosely associated under a so called banner either of community, or area, or state or nationhood, or culture etc - It is only a word and an Idea which clubs all individuals together , treats them as a homogenous group with similar tendencies etc - It disregards the individual , the individual has no place in society and neither are individual aspirations and tendencies encouraged in any social set up . What any government or social set up does is it PROVIDES certain facilities and permissions for living PROVIDED the individual corresponds to the Idea of the homogenous entity assumed to be comprising of the word Idea Called Society or country . That is everything that a person does has to conform to these broad Ideas embedded in these concepts - variations are seen as aberrant and less than perfect existence in society . So the interests of the individual does not exist in any societal set up . Again laws are enacted to regulate and prohibit ACTIONS WHICH ARE SEEN as inimicable to collective existence . It does NOT PROHIBIT THE ACTION ITSELF !!! what it aims at is the undesirability , so all our laws on Torts and Criminal Codes and other things are only possible situations seen as threatening the happiness of a group (which may or may not exist in actuality) . These rules are relevant only when the act is committed , So these are Prospective in nature.
Problems arise when a person acts outside the limits of these - wherein it takes time to "Ascertain" the nature the act was etc - since rules are not exhaustive .
Another aspect to be looked into is whether - the promised punishment for an act is a just reward or unjust reward . This again depends on the standards to which the society moves away from the Individual to the Collective and vice versa . Society is collective and the limits to which individuality is applicable is prescribed in the Idea of the Nation - now if despite this , due to uneducation and knowledge of these basic ideas a government of fools who would like to believe that they are a free society and grant freedom to all individuals unrestrainedly by legislations etc - then it works at cross purpose - the people will be led to believe that they are free to do whatever they like and still find that they are being punished for believing so !! Education is the culprit and dishonesty by the ruler is to be blamed. In such cases there is the anomaly of a country having too much surveillance on its subjects. This is one side of the equation - so we see we are allowed to exist in society as a social being as long as we are not a perceived threat to the general percieved good or its existence . And again certain grounds for existence can be inferred by deduction - for example if one reads the laws then one understands that apart from those mentioned in it we have to be reasonably careful that what we do will not be construed as being classified under one of the mentioned crimes etc . Simple inference that the implication is that one is free to do what is not mentioned is wrong !!!. Some element of reasoming and judgement must be there .
So Justice and Crimes are Prospective and are deterrents. It is a punishment enforced as a learning to others - its value is for others , never for its perpetrator since he experiences it in close contact there is life in it for him by experience and it is a knowledge that is gained with great difficulty , whereas for the others it is direct knowledge from precepts which they can check by carrying out appropriate actions . Here no rewards are envisaged , the only reward is knowledge , and knowledge in self control . The act as such is irrelevant - the worth is in knowledge as the act has already take before and mow cannot be recalled . In other words the status quo ante will never be obtained
So society instructs the individual in such cases and the individual instructs society by being a specimen for experiment and verification. Now again though Society is assumed to be everyone and homogenous - there may be people who as individuals are not aware of these types of knowledge and so for them there will be learning by experience for actions done in less than good knowledge . For the others who are witnesses they will be recurringly be reminded that self control is good for the individual. Since society aggregates everyone as equal and then treats everyone as separate when that happiness of the canon of equality is breached .
Per se there is no justice in what we have analysed so far - it is only a myth , the Idea of justice is in the poor average mans psyche and only a metaphysical consolation . A lie to the core actually . It is to the spectator that the emotion of justice and requital occur , it is not the intent of the Judiciary to do so , Natural Justice is what they look at , and natural justice dictates that the Individual suffer.
Next is Revenge in this there is more than metaphysical consolation as the man who is being punished has already exacted justice and it does not matter what the judiciary hands out to him . Here sometimes we as spectators take a perverse pleasure that justice was exacted - though we may not personally do it since it does not pertain to our circimstances. Here the general public is to be blamed or society - we agree with glee that justice was exacted and then go on to decry the method in which it was attained . This is a position of absolute untruthfulness to the self .
If we examine deep within ourselves - each of us have to agree that we still do not know what the word violence means exactly - it is a word understood in the general only as an Idea by everyone , and by its negative consequences by some others . It is not an inccident specific word . So it is rarely that two people will agree on violence and its meaning - It is easier for Rulers and Governments and countries to easily agree on Violence since it can be described in terms of the General - which is what they are concerned with in Day to day affairs.
Now for an Individual who has got a grasp of the above ideas - he would not bother to judge another man by his actions , whether it was violence or not or even care to remark on it for - the time ,place , age, country, morals, and ideas, education, climate, history, psychology , food etc all are contributory factors . The act was done and the lesson learnt is all that he can intuit as if he himself had done the deed and it became knowledge within him. Just like that that is all .A bad thought arose due to wrong knowledge within oneself and it was removed by right knowledge , wherein that much ignorance was dispelled.
Do not assume a priori that every word has meaning at the individual level - never never and never . Words are the only support for the waking world . It is our indiscrimination in its use that affect us so badly and we identify with the person who did the deed or the person who suffered the deed when in fact nothing of that sort has happened to us - we have to sublimate the knowledge into wisdom - wisdom people say comes from experience - only a fool will try to experience knowledge for its verification - the less you experience and the more knowledge you have the happier and the more wiser you are !!.
I hope the philosophical angle has been presented or put across without any loss of clarity , I would be really happy if what I have written is of use to anyone in any way so as that it will help to further their progress in their individual odyssey to the self .
Lest I be accused of duplicity , these thoughts are not my own or neither are they original - they are and part and parcel of both Eastern and Western thinking for past many thousands of years - none of these thoughts are even modern , they are as old as the hills .