Today, theorists are putting forward a different view. Peace is still regarded but violence has been understood to be a norm. The argument suggests a problem in how violence is defined and which accounting of violence carries more authority (the victim, the perpetrator, the audience or a combination). The theory espouses that conflict is positive rather than an indication of discordancy or lack of harmony. Conflict is important to the social system because it furthers the goals of a system, leading to increased integration and centralization of the group, et.al.
This theory puts forward an argument for those who have no other way to attain to a just course or system without utilizing violence. Granted there are injustices that have historically led to uprisings and revolutions that have been applauded and studied but the divergence from truth in this modern appreciation of violence assumes violence and conflict as natural or a justifiable course for the human being or social system. This is concerning because it negates something very fundamental to our humanity that should never be disregarded or slighted:
That we are each originally beings of peace and light. That peace and harmony is the original potential of the human being.
This foundation is essential when we work with all the realities that beset and challenge the systems of life today. Even violence that is condoned (war and self-defense) need remember the originate truth about our selves, our humanity. To neglect this is concerning because it may be forgotten.
Fortunately, most viable systems of government on this earth have allowed for avenues of expression that release the tension and conflict that can foment in persons or groups. Our freedoms in this country are one way (speech, press, assembly, etc.). To learn the governing system allows for protest and rallies to make change. It even challenges the people to step beyond this and revolt...but it never forsakes what is true to our humanity. That we are inherently and originally beings of peace and love. This is the hope we need always hold close as a basis for life and good government.