Saturday, June 11, 2016

How to Transcend Conflict Justifiably and Resolve it through Peaceful Arts

Conflict occurs for a wide range of reasons in a wide range of contexts.  It is rarely absent from the world.

In seemingly peaceful relationships, even amongst individuals involved in creating world peace, conflict is likely to be present. 

Peace is often considered to be the absence of conflict. 

Today, there are potentially momentous negotiations likely to occur here.  Their purpose is to consider the future of this salon.

The main dining room has been cleared of most of its furnishings and the floor well polished, ready for the many expected guests.  The servants of art and enlightenment have just finished cleaning all the smaller rooms here on the piano nobile.  They are about to make a start on the great drawing room.

The purpose of any negotiation is to reach agreement on how needs and expectations can be better met for everyone's benefit.  Enlightened leaders are excellent negotiators.  They respect the reasonable expectations of everyone.

Any enlightened leader will be aware that conflict is present in unstated ways when not directly observed or stated.  When conflict is observed or stated, individuals and/or groups of individuals either choose to ignore it, avoid it, confront it or transcend it.

Different individuals and/or groups, or members within groups, may even have conflicting approaches to a particular conflict.  This is quite usual in any situation where differences of perception or opinion are likely to occur.

To ignore or avoid conflict is to fail to consider needs and expectations adequately.  This makes the avoidance of conflict just as damaging to peace as inappropriate confrontation.

As a consequence of many confusions regarding peace and conflict, I have regularly reminded my guests, here in Adelaide, of the ethical importance of developing and nurturing strength of character.  This includes the cultivation psychological resilience, discretion and discernment.

Strength of character additionally includes the strength to contain strong emotions within the bounds of decorum.  To have emotional strength enables a person to avoid the unseemly expression of strong emotions, whether in a salon, a parlour, a parliament or a palace.

As you may already be aware, a little sprezzatura can be used, in any situation, to relieve tension.  It can then quite easily calm the deliberations sufficiently for their reasonable continuation.

You may find, as I do, that the only suitable contexts for the expression of strong emotions is through appropriately enlightening artistic pursuits.  To express strong emotions in non-artistic ways is always vulgar from my point of view.  Such expressions are additionally distastefully whenever audio and/or visual recording devices are present.

However, to ignore strong emotions is to ignore conflict.  This particularly applies when experiencing an inner conflict. Transcending conflict justifiably, therefore, is to experience, and even express, enlightened leadership.  

Your strength as an enlightened leader is indicated by your empathy, equanimity, eloquence and elegance.  Balance and proportion are reflected in all aspects of enlightened leadership, as all my regular guests are well aware.

Since I first invited you to participate in this ongoing dialogue, several years ago, I have obviously spent much time examining your abilities.  Do you consider yourself to be a strong, enlightened leader yet?

It will always be your duty to persuade your associates and acquaintances to transcend conflict justifiably, regardless of your moral character.  It is their duty to persuade their associates and acquaintances to do likewise.

If this dialogue is difficult for you, do please negotiate the terms upon which your presence here should continue.  I can obviously provide you with an enlightening starting point for these negotiations, should that be necessary:

1. Maintain an enlightened approach to self-interest, by expressing empathy wisely.

2. Examine, improve and express your artistic abilities in a more enlightened way to acquire emotional strength through empathy and equanimity.

3. Improve your eloquence by understanding yourself and other people better. Always remember that eloquent people do not necessarily express empathy or equanimity.  Grammar, logic and rhetoric have often been used to distort the truth rather than to reveal it accurately.  Become familiar with the trivium but remember that it is only a tool, not an end in itself.

4. Enhance your elegance by removing everything unimportant from your person, your life and your relationships.  Please do so without being wasteful, ostentatious or otherwise disrespectful.

5. Acknowledge the current inadequacies of your negotiating skills and maintain the desire to improve upon them.

6. Always begin a negotiation with clear, mutually agreed definitions concerning privacy, quality of life, meaningfulness, peace and any other relevant words and phrases.

7. Ensure everyone present is aware that the expression of social or political power is not the same as expressing strong leadership.  Bullies are not leaders at all.

8. Identify all aspects of compatibility and incompatibility.

Now, that you have a firm basis for enhancing your negotiating skills, you may wish to examine your artistic abilities.  Your personal definitions and expressions of the following concepts will most likely assist you:

Privacy  |  Quality of lifeMeaningfulness 

Peace   |   Enlightened self-interest 

Piano nobile  |  sprezzatura trivium

moral character  |  Virtue ethics

Negotiation  | Dialogue   |  Conflict resolution 

Empathy  |  Equanimity  |  Eloquence

Grammar  |  Logic  |  Rhetoric

Elegance  |  Trivia  |  Conflict of interest

Conflict  |  CorruptionCrime

Organisational conflict  |  Armed conflict

Social conflict  |   Role conflict

Work-family conflict  |  Identity

Boredom  |  Poverty  |  Hatred

Consensus decision-making

Ethics   |  Beliefs  |  Conflict theories

Ethnic conflict  |  Cultural Conflict

Peace and conflict studies

Need for cognition  |  Need for closure

Psychological resilience   |   Objectivity

Creativity   |  Ambiguity  |  Cognitive dissonance

Transcendence  |  Justification

The literary element of conflict

Now that you have all the basic intellectual and interpersonal tools with which to transcend conflict justifiably, particularly here in this serene, ethereal salon for world peace, this dialogue can possibly continue.

If you agree with that suggestion, then you may or may not wish to answer the following questions:

1. How is your strong, enlightened cultural leadership reflected in the way you handle ambiguities?

2. How do you dissolve conflicts through gently lively interactions?

3. How do you express enlightened morality?

4. How do you express enlightened leadership?

5. How have you been training for peace?

6. How often have you attended a global gathering for peaceful leadership?

7. How can real art save the world?

8. How often do you refer to an introductory training manual for enlightened peace?

9. How do you uphold enlightened rights for all humans?

10. How have you been easing distress in the world? 

11. How have you been overcoming egocentrism?

12. How often are you able to transcend conflict justifiably with a little assistance?

Although I have been leading the way to enlightenment for many years now, I am not yet sure how many persons are following me.  The evidence is certainly not yet available through the social media sphere.

I do wish ordinary mortals would stop treating me as if I am a mere Deus in machina.  My intentions are always compassionately serious as are my duties in the world.

My main duty, of course, is to delegate many important duties to you, if you would allow me to do so.  I have already supplied most of the introductory training manuals to assist your self-directed development as a strong, enlightened cultural leader.

What else do you require of me?  I always do my best to assist you, regardless of the silly conflicts you tend to exacerbate.

For example, I have often observed the conflict in many minds, and in many relationships, regarding the problem of evil in the world.  Indeed, many violent conflicts have stemmed from arguments over the problem itself.

The problem of evil can be resolved quite easily by defining evil more clearly.  Conflict itself is not evil if it is justifiable.

Ignoring justifiable conflict is evil.  Avoiding justifiable conflict is evil.  Confronting justifiable conflict aggressively is evil.

It is all very simple once you know how.  Getting all upset about it helps no-one.

A lack of equanimity is a sign of immaturity and immaturity itself a journey through the trials and tribulations of conflict.  If you are under thirty years of age, you are obviously still likely to be considerably immature from my point of view.  You are likely to have received inadequate guidance from the persons around you and you are yet to understand your own mind well enough to trust your own ability to judge every situation with accuracy.

If you have reached the age of thirty, either recently or in early years, that achievement is itself remarkable from the point of view of history.  I have often invited you here as I wish to make frequent assessments your historical significance in terms of peace and conflict.

Arguments about monotheism and/or misotheism always lead to unresolvable conflicts about the justifiable and the unjustifiable.  They are as tedious to me as the ongoing idiocy around theodicy.

To ignore justifiable conflict is arrogant.  To avoid justifiable conflict is cowardly.  To act aggressively in a justifiable conflict is selfish.  All evil is expressed through arrogance, cowardice and/or selfishness in the face of a justifiable conflict.

If a conflict is not justifiable, it is simply a case of arrogance, cowardice and/or selfishness on the part of everyone involved.  Every large-scale conflict involves many small conflicts, piled on top of one another.

Tackling thorny issues has always required each little conflict to be examined, to find out whether it is justifiable or not.  You may be aware that my primary daily task is to tackle tomorrow's troubles today.  It is also your primary daily task, if you are yet to be suitably aware of the fact.

Whether you currently consider yourself to be a world leader and a member of a legislature, or you are a member of the judiciary in any society, or a member of the medical profession, or you consider yourself to be mainly a musician, an entrepreneur, an educator, or anything else of greater or lesser usefulness, it is your duty to transcend conflict justifiably.

If you understand justice properly, you will uphold your own needs and rights in proportion to the rights of everyone else.

To act mainly in your own interests is unjustifiable.  It is arrogant and selfish if expressed overtly.  It is additionally cowardly if done covertly.

To act mainly in the interests of other people, or even other species, is only warranted if you have earlier acted in an arrogant, selfish and/or cowardly way and you wish to make amends.  To harm yourself whilst defending the rights of others is unjustifiable.  Balance and proportion must always be maintained.

As you may have gathered, I have a strong distaste for political radicalism just as I have a strong distaste for the actions of aggressive reactionaries.  No-one can be forced to accept any value system, with or without the ability to see reason.

I have long participated in the scientific examination of compatible and incompatible beliefs, motives, values, perceptions, decisions, actions, conclusions, events and consequences.  You may have done likewise.

By identifying and addressing evidence of arrogance, cowardice and selfishness, I have helped to establish and sustain several peaceful institutions in the digital sphere and in the wider world.  You may have done likewise.

The peaceful arts provide comfort in a world of uncertainty, doubt and confusion.  They highlight the evidence-based certainties in existence as well as the justifiable ambiguities.

In minds lacking peace, intolerance is shown towards those ambiguities.  A person with such a mind often has a desire to transform justifiable ambiguities into certainties, with or without evidence.

In view of the above, practitioners of the peaceful arts avoid all futility or treat it satirically.

Practitioners of peaceful arts supply just enough beautiful notes upon which peaceful minds can float above injustice.

Practitioners of peaceful arts supply an archive of enlightenment in which the unique expressions of peaceful imaginations are preserved for future generations to appreciate and reflect upon.

Practitioners of peaceful arts supply local knowledge in a gentle, enlightening way for the benefit of all individuals in a community.

Practitioners of the peaceful arts supply knowledge on how to resolve local and global conflicts justifiably.

Practitioners of the peaceful arts have long been leading the way towards the 21st century Enlightenment - and towards world peace.

The peaceful arts are expressed in harmony with nature.

Practitioners of the peaceful arts participate in civilised, informed dialogues, discussions, debates and deliberations.

Are you a practitioner in peaceful arts?  Do you transcend conflict justifiably and thereby resolve it?