The good and the bad

When I was little, playing the war was simple. It was enough to form a team of good and evil, and to engage in battle. There was no moral debate. If we were designated bad guy, we played a bad guy!

For an adult, it does not seem so simple. When there is conflict or war, if you ask one or other of the belligerents if they are “good” or “bad”, they say they are all “good.” In a world where millions of people are victims of armed conflict, there would be so good as killing?

Of course, war is a complex phenomenon that can not be analyzed in a few lines. However, the seeds of major conflicts sometimes arise in situations as simple as our daily interactions with colleagues or games of our children. Human nature, small or large scale, is responsible for the conflict. But what causes wars, exactly? Two active ingredients are at work in most conflicts. First, the fear of loneliness. It happens to all of us feel lost and isolated. But loneliness makes it vulnerable, so we seek strength in union. This brings us to form groups, in which we no longer have to question our beliefs. The group mentality convinces us that they are justified. This creates the thought antagonist observed in all conflicts.

The other important principle is rarely seen people who defend a certain point of view try to step into the shoes of their adversaries. They ridicule their arguments, but without trying to understand.

There is no doubt that the ego and the desire to dominate the world are the cause of several wars. Hitler had to be fought, not included! But in many other conflicts, both sides feel wronged. Try to understand the arguments of the other may help to dispel tension. Empathy, the ability to understand the feelings of others, requires consideration of the ideas of opponents, but also their emotional point of view. Without this ability, the good will continue to kill the good.

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