Conflict occurs repeatedly in life because individuals, societies and nations confront political, social and personal differences. These differences might be in appearance, attitude or values. The cause and consequences of such disputes bring out many negative effects on people such as loss of life, family, friends or own sense of identity. However, conflicts are also opportunities to re-evaluate values, attitudes or places to which we belong.
Undoubtedly, wars bring the most obvious negative result: death and destruction which means loss of support and security to innocent people. The existence of Concentration Camps in WW2 symbolise the enormous life of life and freedom for 6 million Jews. The Vietnam and Korean Wars displaced millions of people to start life in a new country. These people not only lost their homes but a sense of identity and belonging as they became refugees and sought freedom and peace in a new land. On a less obvious level, is the internal conflict some of the prisoners fought as they contemplated the existence of God or the urge to relieve themselves of the burden of helping their loved ones survive extreme physical hardships. These conflicts brought about depression, suicide and self hate. These negative consequences establish the idea that conflict has only a negative effect on individuals.
However, war-torn environments can provide an opportunity for personal growth. Despite Ellie Wiesel’s miserable experience during World War Two, it is fact that he becomes mentally stronger and tougher through the dilemma. Ellie Wiesel’s survival doesn’t give birth to revenge but he makes a goal to educate mankind about humanity. For some women, war gave them an opportunity to enter a male dominated profession and allowed them to use their own talents and develop their skills. Women who were only allowed to be nurses in pre-war days, became doctors, others became motor mechanics or spies and