Conflicting versions of reality can cause pain and suffering
Individuals that have opposing beliefs or values are likely to get into verbal or physical conflicts as a result of having different perceptions of each other or the world they live in. However, in some circumstances, individuals with different perceptions do not necessarily come into conflict with one another. Instead, it may lead them to understand the different viewpoints of other individuals. While other individuals that suffer from mental illnesses may cause the people that live around them distress and harm.
Individuals that have opposing beliefs or values are likely get into verbal or physical conflicts as a result of having different perceptions of each other and the world they live in. For example, in the text ‘Spies’ by Michael Frayn, Stephen Wheatley, allows Barbara Berill into a hideout in the bushes where him and his best friend Keith Hayward carry out their investigations of The Close. Keith’s reality was that perceived Stephen to never betray their friendship, and he trusted him to keep their hideout a secret. While Stephen’s reality changed when he formed a friendship with Barbara Berill, disregarding Keith’s words, and allowed her into their hideout and was found out by Keith. This brought the two into physical conflict where upon discovering Stephen’s betrayal, Keith stated ‘you’ve shown her our things’, ‘you double swore… you said cut my throat and hope to die’, where he then pressed a blade to Stephen’s throat until it bled. Similarly, individuals of different religious and cultural backgrounds may come into conflicts with one another. For example, individuals that are Muslim may come into conflict with individuals of Western culture because they have completely different beliefs. For example, it is not allowed in Islamic culture to change religions, while in Western cultures it is acceptable to believe in what they believe in. Muslims living amongst Western people may get...
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