Encountering Conflict - Secret river
'A conflict's importance lies not in its causes but in its consequences.' In today's rising society, where we experience people willing to strive to their maximum potential by any means necessary, it becomes blatantly obvious to why we often overlook the implications we inflict on others. We are sometimes aware of our actions, acting in spite or in fear, and sometimes ignorant to the situation, unaware of the consequences we deliver. The question is however – where does the importance of conflict lie – in its causes? Or in its consequences? It seems evident that there are many people will use their spite and fear and perhaps even compassion to exacerbate conflict. People all too easily become to involved in their own importance, that it can begin a 'domino effect' of devastating and/or insightful consequences.
At the height of illegal immigrants entering Australian seas, attempting to escape a word riddled with danger and controversy, many implications are unleashed, effecting themselves and others in the process. When faced with an opportunity to enhance or protect our lives and that of our families lives, it is only natural to act upon it – which is what we often do. What is more uncommon is the acknowledgement of those people and their current and future situations. Societies have always had to adjust to survive. These refugees long for a sense of belonging amidst the crowding poverty of third world countries. Along side of the negative connotations attached to these asylum-seekers is the judgement and discrimination, perhaps being the consequence of the way they bombard themselves on us, dangerously and illegally. Or perhaps the cause of something larger, fleeing from turmoil to make a better life for themselves and/or others by any means necessary, much like we would do just to secure mere trivialities. What we really do need to ask our selves - Is the rising tide of aggression and anti-social behaviour, now so...
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