That Was Then This Is Now
Violence Starts Violence
The author's message in the book "That was Then This is Now" is that violence can cause more violence unless it is discussed and helped. The character M&M is always getting beat up and he didn't talk to someone about it. This caused M&M to turn to drugs and run away. By doing drugs, M&M will never be the same. He may get help for this but he can never be the same person he was before he got beat up.
I agree with the author when they said that violence can cause more violence. I also like to include that violence doesn't solve anything. Like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Nelson Mandela said, action through non-violence is the way for you to be the better person. Violence can and will cause someone's life to fall apart, whether they are young or old, or girl or boy, violence can destroy someone's life. On the news these days, you could find someone somewhere making a difference through words and not through physical action. Then you could see someone else that could have stopped a fight and prevented someone else from taking a life. Violence never solves anything. When fighting, you are both the good and the bad person. Whether you started the fight or not, consequences will be given. You could be hurting someone but protecting someone else at the same time.
Violence Has Concequences
At the beginning of "That Was Then This is Now," M&M is getting beat up and he doesn't do anything about it. Bryon and Mark intervene and save him from the fight. After the fight was over, M&M thank Mark and Bryon, but the two boys then talk about beating up a black man because they want to. Mark and Bryon are fond of fighting and they don't think much about the consequences. Later on in the book, they are cornered in an alleyway after hustling these older men and the older men threaten them. In this event, something happens to their friend, the bartender Charlie and it changes Bryon. Bryon thinks more about the consequences of his actions and try not to act upon violence too much. He tries not to start the violence like the kind that got Charlie killed.