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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Spotlight on Conflict

What feelings do conflict stories, especially your own, bring out in you? Do you tend to avoid or create conflict? Why? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 504).

There are two types of conflict: orderly conflict and disorderly conflict.  Disorderly conflict occurs in an unruly, chaotic classroom or in a forum where everyone is talking at once.  I don’t like this kind of unfocused, meaningless conflict.  I do enjoy focused conflict–two boxers fighting it out in a spotlighted ring or the focused conflict when David felled Goliath.  The first type of conflict prostitutes the soul of conflict, the second type elevates it to a type of moral order that is essential for life and progress – providing a dramatic stage for the establishment, even creation, of meaning rather than its nihilistic destruction.

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