What I ascribed to do, and I did quite well, is every time I came into an adversarial situation, I decided to take control of it so that if a guy came up to me and tried to give me a bad day, I made sure that he was the one who left with the […]
When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him.
Once the great dialectic was capital vs. labor. Now it’s the conflict between the comfortable and the deprived. And the comfortable see the government as the threat because it is the only hope for the deprived.
What used to be a conflict is now a synergy.
Politicians are people who resolve through linguistic processes conflicts that would otherwise have to be solved by force.
Conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People don’t learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference.
As a species, we may by all means think ruefully about the waste and horror produced by war and other forms of rivalry and jealousy. However, this can’t alter the fact that in life we make progress by conflict and in mental life by argument and disputation. The concept of the dialectic may well have […]
Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
But we cannot avoid conflict, conflict with society, other individuals and with oneself. Conflicts may be the sources of defeat, lost life and a limitation of our potentiality but they may also lead to greater depth of living and the birth of more far-reaching unities, which flourish in the tensions that engender them.
I dogmatise and am contradicted, and in this conflict of opinions and sentiments I find delight.