War and conflict are aspects of our daily lives. Each of us is going into a battle every day we engage with others. There’s a conflict, a difference in views. Political inroads are made for or against us at our jobs, in our families and even in our social organizations (churches, schools and so forth). Growing up in the church system, I saw the same political slander, infighting and attacks. Irregardless of group intent, or ideology, whenever people come together, conflict is sure to follow.
Relating strategically to conflict is often avoided as it requires an early acceptance of a conflict, a war. War and conflict are usually bypassed in favor of getting along. However, most situations will continue to degrade until there is no longer a possibility of peaceful co-existence. When that final stage is realized, this is the breakdown of the all those raw feelings contained inside. At that point one responds with raw emotion.
Raw emotion, however, pits a person against themselves. Strength is replaced with weakness. As though a person possessed, the weakness of reaction is held in mind over the state of willpower. While anger and hate is often thought to be a strength, it is only strong when held under will and operated with strategy. Blind emotional reaction will only lead to ruin.
Conflict is a difficult thing to embrace. To embrace it logically requires a person to face the situation they’d rather just ignore or avoid. It requires courage, not raw anger. As Robert Greene might attest, “it is the worship of Athena not Ares.”
An emotionally reactive person is easily manipulated. This is a rule of political control. Make a person fear something, then offer the solution to the fear.
Over the next few months I’m going to post a series of articles dealing with the philosophy of war. Rather than speak in illustrations and unproven concepts, I’ll be using real examples from my own life: examples of how I identified a battlefield and its players and how ultimately I won the battles in play.
I’ll tag these articles with the category “War and Conflict.”