posted on Aug, 5 2011 @ 09:04 PM
Conflict is bad. This is a phrase or idea that is given to us from very young ages (in many western cultures). The natural problem of course
From even the most cursory glance at the universe in which we live, it becomes apparent that conflict is not only everywhere, but is what the
universe itself is composed of. Whether it is a proton vs. an electron, gravitational pulls, mankind fighting the physics of nature in order to
survive, etc. Conflict is everywhere.
But is conflict really BAD?
Of course it is a tragedy to lose a loved one to war or suffering, or to be struck by lightning, or even hit by a meteorite whilst golfing…but as
far as it being unnatural or unjust or unfair, it is simply not the case. Take something that you love, anything, and tell me that there is not some
form of conflict involved. I would imagine that even at the most basic levels of intuition you cannot find a single thought or emotion that is neutral
(or more accurately inert). But who would want to? Who would want to spend their days having no conflict, it would be like modeling your philosophy
after a neutron…or enjoying life like a methane poof…at absolute zero.
We are told that we should all just get along, live and let live, etc. But the problem is that if one simply behaves in a non-confrontational manner
they are not DENYING conflict, they are becoming a CONDUIT on which conflict flows.
Another misconception that we seem to hold is that “balance” is the absence of conflict, but is this really the case? I would propose that
absolute “balance” is only a stalemate in which neither side has the upper hand, and that striving to achieve balance (a very human sentiment) is
the CONFLICT that is associated with such a stalemate.
I think that the point should be to understand the importance of opposing forces and not quest to push ideas of neutrality and pacifism on the plates
of children. I believe that there are things in this universe worth fighting for and although it seems cliché…I would think that the universe is
very accepting of the idea.
Through conflict we develop higher levels of order- H. Bloom