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Where Do Conflicts Arise From?

Yesterday in my Media and Conflict class I was struck by something. And that is how war and conflict start at the slightest stroke of provocation. Humans can change in a bit when found in uncomfortable situations. You just have to be extra careful on how far you go with certain issues. “Don’t be an extremist”, they may tell you. But how long can we watch on as tides turn against our will? Sometimes we resolve that the only solution is to fight.

I do not wish for civil wars and conflicts on any society. I only want to sound a word of caution that we must all watch our conscience and try to be as law abiding as we can. Pay very close attention to anger, for in it lies the beginning of an unquenchable fire. The reason to do good or right lies within our thoughts and we must control it. Imagine a boy just scribbling on the wall and that generates into a war. Or a journalist proclaiming that “human-cocroaches” be killed and that sparked killings of millions.

Conflicts have become one of everyday things that we as humans have to deal with. We’ve got to confront that reality square-headedly. However, there is scarcity of resources in helping to deal with this societal challenge. We sometimes depend on conflict experts and foreign aid to help us fight our own conflicts. This only generates a whole new problem on its own. Daily steps towards growth is an important factor to consider. That could be the magic!

We need to embrace tolerance and understanding. We need collaboration and unity. We must be more responsible in keeping each other safe so that our environment too can be safe. Let us teach citizenship education and nation building at all levels of our educational system. Social enterprises should help communities to understand the need to make their environment safe and peaceful. The more we try to address these sources of conflict; hunger, unemployment, strife, poverty, the better our society will be.

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