Thursday, September 8, 2011

Conflict, Positive OR Negative? - My Reflections

From my point of view, conflict in itself is neither good nor bad. It is simply a normal occurrence in our various relations starting from the interpersonal level, all through to the global. It is the response to the occurrence of conflict that determines whether the outcome is positive is negative.

Considering the diverse sociopolitical composition of our societies, it is to be expected that different perspectives will be held by different people for virtually every subject under the sun. The various responses to these differences of perception or opinions will determine if the differences are resolved peacefully or allowed to degenerate into deeper animosity or sometimes outright violence.

Conflicts can have a positive side; some conflicts may be the result of misinformation, misconceptions or poor channels of communication between the parties to the conflict. But when each party takes a stand on the issue and there is a conflict, a well intended and sincere resolution process will lead all parties to see things from the point of view of the other sides. This could lead to better understandings among peoples in the society.
And best of all, if such a process is successful, it will motivate all the parties to be willing in the future to open lines of dialogue between one another when other issues come up in future.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Creative Commons License
This work by Ibrahim K. Oyekanmi ( is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.