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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Can’t you live peacefully?

As a species, we human being are social beings who live out our lives in the company of other humans. We organize ourselves into various kinds of social groupings, such as nomadic bands, villages, cities, and countries, in which we work, trade, play, reproduce, and interact in many other ways. Consequently, the patterns of human society differs from place to place and era to era and across cultures, making the social world a very complex and dynamic environment.

There is conflict in all human societies, and all societies have systems for regulating it. Conflict between people or groups often arises from competition for resources, power, and status.

• Family members compete for attention.
• Individuals compete for jobs and wealth.
• Nations compete for territory and prestige.
• Different interest groups compete for influence and the power to make rules.
• Often the competition is not for resources but for ideas—one person or group wants to have the ideas or behaviour of another group suppressed, punished.

Social conflict is a Marxist-based social theory which argues that individuals and groups (social classes) within society have differing amounts of material and non-material resources and that the more powerful groups use their power in order to exploit groups with less power.

In family groups and small societies, laws are laid down in their own terms by recognized authorities, such as parents or elders. All group also have formalized procedures for making rules and arbitrating disputes. But conflict happens all the time which is nothing but confrontation of powers. Power can assertive, altruistic and manipulative, coercive and physical, and so on. Some are intentionally directed, as are assertive and bargaining powers; one is directed wholly towards a person's body, as is force; and others are directed through another self, as are inductive and intellectual powers. All these powers may conflict; all can manifest conflict.

This is conflict is more prevalent where social hierarchy is more prevalent. This is a major issue in non-profit or community group because mostly group hierarchy has been created by mutual understanding. Typically when everyone is operating voluntarily in a group, during operational conflict the sense of hierarchy become faded and individualistic ego kicks in big time. In individualistic society people are more prone to see the alternative solutions. In collective society how others will think, friendships in the group, logical and emotional differences in the group make the situation very suffocating.

Conflict is particularly acute when only a few alternatives exist with no compromise possible. The need to decide one way or the other can drive people into extreme positions to support their decision as to which alternative is preferable.

We all know any conflict can’t lead to sustainable and successful future. Some way or the other we have to reduce it. If we all do the right things rather than doing things right, be responsible and concentrate our own little job, feel responsible there will be less conflict. This small steps can change you and you’re surrounding and your society or community. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”- Mahatma Gandhi

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