The use of violence to resolve disagreements or to obtain or maintain status is natural. It is the standard method of conflict resolution in the animal kingdom.

Although violence is natural, it is usually not optimal. Avoiding it more often than not allows oneself to save energy that can be put to more constructive uses.

One problem with the use of force is that it can create resentments that can lead to a recurring cycle of conflict. Violence sometimes stops violence, and at other times it leads to more violence.

Many instances of violence are initiated in anger. When anger can be avoided, then violence can often be avoided also.