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Conflict can never be fully resolved. Discuss

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It is never possible to completely resolve conflict * Intro - London riots o England sigh of relief - riots subdued, but no over o Causes: retaliation to shooting, social problems, human weaknesses o Therefore seems never resolved o However, for very simplistic conflicts it is possible * 1 - Conflict, as a concept, will always exist o Thomas Hobbes shows our propensity for conflict o Flawed beings - jealousy etc o Thomas Putnam o Ann Putnam o Therefore not possible to have a world without conflict * 2 - Conflict can be a necessity, meaning it is too dangerous to resolve o Modern democracies based on it o Waleed Aly - "very vacuity" of politics o Content free slogans o Parliament based on this o Walter Lippmann, "when we all think alike, no one thinks very much" * 3 - Conflicts can seem so complex that they are impossible to resolve o Thousands of years have seen Crusades, Muslim conquests etc o Religious difference still reigns o Islamphobia - some say September 11, but problem of ego o Requires millions of people to move out of ignorance - impossible o Crucible is same as conflict still existed after witch-hunts * 4 - Conflict can ...read more.

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In certain cases, conflict can act as a necessity, thereby indicating it is not only impossible to resolve such conflict, but also inherently dangerous to do so, because it will have a corrosive effect on those involved. Indeed, modern democracies are based upon conflict that is manifested in a healthy debate, as perhaps indicated by the very title of the 'opposition' - their function is to question the government, and thereby act as a protection against mediocrity. Esteemed political critic and writer Waleed Aly certainly supports this notion, suggesting "they very vacuity of our politics, and even its veneer of nastiness, derives not from too little consensus, but far too much". The current parliament validates his belief. As we move towards "political consensus", epitomized in the form of Julia Gillard's and Tony Abbots current meeting about the Malaysia solution, democratic politics ceases to be a contest of ideas, but becomes about power and little else, and so as a consequence, it quickly collapses into content-free slogans derived in focus groups and directed at disengaged voters in marginal seats. Indeed, both sides have the same intention to whip up hysteria about 'stopping the boats' - it is just a matter of who can do it more effectively and with greater publicity. ...read more.

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It is again a concept mirrored in The Crucible.. Giles Corey's sentiments, "John Proctor, I have only last month collected four pound damages", suggest there was a dispute between the two characters. Yet, Proctor's cheerful language, "I hope I can call you deaf without charge", coupled with Miller's stage note "laughing", indicates any ill-feeling no longer exists. In light of this, it seems that for less complex conflicts, a resolution is possible. Perhaps we will move out of an age of ignorance, of arrogance, of self-serving desires and be able to bring peace and harmony to the mutual antagonism between Muslims and Westerners, or sooth the prevailing tension in London. Yet the current climate, and indeed history, seem to render such a resolution impossible. At least then, we are able to resolve more simplistic, or perhaps better expressed as 'less complicated' conflicts. If we were not able to do so, then our world would descend into a state of anarchy, a sure passage to death, destruction and doom. And so, whilst it is not possible to resolve some forms of conflict, it is flawed to say this is the truth in every case. ...read more.

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