Conflict is an inevitable evil that generally breeds negativity and destroys peace and tranquility in our daily lives. But the fact is that conflict is a fact of life that will forever influence our existence. Conflict exists in all our communities, be it business, at home, in sports, political parties, friend ships and even in relationships. This begs the question: what is conflict, and why is it necessary in life?┬á
Conflict can be defined as a disagreement or clash between ideas, principles or people. Conflict arises when there is a difference in opinion, thoughts, perceptions, goals, or values.
Ideally, humans want to live in peace and harmony. But somehow conflict always raises its ugly head and blemishes the everyday beauty of life. However much humans abhor conflict, it will always impact our lives.
But there is a good side to conflict. It can help us to make necessary changes within the home or work environment. While it also causes tension, conflict helps society to resolve issues and eliminate animosity as problems and bad feelings are exposed and dealt with instead of being bottled up. Unresolved and hidden conflict can result in depression, hopelessness, and dissatisfaction.
If for example, one is dissatisfied with how their church is administered, they must voice it out because in the end, it may assist in breeding efficiency within the church. If the concerned party does not voice out their concerns, they may eventually quit the church, which is counterproductive. Communication is both the cause and the remedy of conflict. Communication can help to resolve issues and lead to a happier life of understanding and collaboration.
Conflict also exists in political parties, where party members may differ. If the members of that particular party do not bring out their concerns, they may end up quitting in frustration. If there is a difference among members, the best remedy is for it to be communicated.
This creates a win – win situation for all parties, as they will reach a common understanding and be able to work together. When suppressed, conflict grows and eventually erupts in negative forms that may cause harm through violence.