Conflict Can Be a Destructive Force in Our Lives

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Conflict can be a destructive force in our lives.

Conflict can arise when vulnerable people are faced with challenging circumstances or are put into a different environment. The destructive and inevitable nature of conflict may cause the decline of individuals and communities who cannot cope with the different beliefs, ideas and knowledge in society. True colours are seen in both the individual and communities when difficult situations arise, and in a way, they are seen as a test in separating the weak from the strong, and the vulnerable from the powerful. How people deal with the initial outbreak of conflict reflects their own behaviour, beliefs, morality, and experiences. In most circumstances, people’s opinions, and beliefs will be different and although having opposing views is a part of everyday life, the conflicts that arise are seen to be a destructive force on our lives today. Throughout all of history, conflict has never ended quite the way people want it to. Conflict can indeed be positive but if the differences that resulted in conflict are not resolved, it can be a very destructive. The ongoing war in Afghanistan and the Cronulla riots are all evidence of the destructive nature of conflict and how evident it is in our lives.

Sometimes conflict involves large groups clashing due to personal differences as seen in such events as the Cronulla riots. Racism occurs when one racial groups believes that it is superior to another. This shows that today’s society is heterogenous, and for everyone to get along, other people’s beliefs must be acknowledged and accepted. The 2005 Cronulla riots were a series of racially motivated mob confrontations which originated in and around Cronulla, which is just north of Sydney, New South Wales. On Sunday, 11 December 2005, approximately 5,000 white Australians gathered via SMS to “support Leb and Wog bashing day.” The crowd assembled following a series of earlier confrontations and an assault on lifesavers which...
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