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I think it is both a symptom and it is inevitable. There are also different perspectives to look at this in. I will look at it from a learned behavior point of view.
Violence can be learned. As children we see how adults around us behave. If we are around violent adults then we learn how to act violently as adults. This makes violence a symptom and inevitable as well. So basically, violence can be a symptom because it is not a child's fault that they are learning to be violent adults. When parents teach their children that violence is acceptable behavior, it is inevitable that their children will grow up to be violent adults.
The answer to your question depends on how you view human nature. If you view mankind as being inherently evil (or being born with the propensity to do wrong), then you would argue that violence is inevitable because it is part of human nature.
However, if you believe that society corrupts individuals or that humans' basic nature is to do good, you would have to side with it being a symptom of a corrupt society, poor upbringing, or other environmental influences.
Personally, I believe that there is much more historical evidence to prove that violence is inevitable, not just in cases of genocide and war but also in individual criminal or civil cases.
I think violence can be both a symptom and an inevitable event. Many people become violent because of their upbringing or because of mental illness. These would be examples of symptomology. The inevitable nature of violence is one that I believe in. There will always be people who feel they can take advantage of other and harm them with no ill effect towards themselves. These are the sociopaths in our society. These are behaviors they are born with.
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