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Jiddu Krishnamurti on violence and renewal role of education
Currently, the world seems to be violence torn and every day we hear of bloodshed, terrorism, lynching, fights, sexual assaults, fights, and ideological war of words. Violence is basically an act of injuring someone physically or hurting his or her feelings.

According to existentialist J Krishamurti, there are two types of violence, physical and inward. Former consists hurting someone's body to cause injury or killing him or her.  At times, physical violence turns into terrorism. battles and wars with bloodshed due to differences of  ideas, religions and territories.

Krishnamurti says, "In the world, as we grow up, we see a great deal of violence, at all levels of human existence. The ultimate violence is war- the killing for ideas, for so called religious principles, for nationalities, the killing to preserve a little piece of land. To do that, man will kill, destroy, maim and also be killed himself."

"There is enormous violence in the world, the rich wanting to keep people poor and the poor wanting to get rich and in the process hating the rich. And you, being caught in society, are also going to contribute to this," adds.

In the second type of violence – the inward violence – the acts like hurting feelings; harbouring evil thoughts, anger, hate, criticism, antagonism, etc. are involved.  Krishamurti says that we tend to forcing others into our way of thinking leading to ideological war of words and name calling. This happens when people are divided along ideological lines. Many times, this tupe violence creeps into the families and neighbourhood.

"There is violence between husband, wife and children. There is violence, antagonism, hate, cruelty, ugly criticism, anger -all this is inherent in man, inherent in each human being. It is inherent in you." He implies humans have to get aware of the inward violence and get free from it.

He is of view that education is meant to help us to go beyond all that inherent violence. In other words the purpose of education is not merely to pass an examination and get a job but to become a really beautiful, healthy, sane, rational human being so as to bring about a new society, a new world.

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