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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 life | Meaningfulness
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 | Corruption | Crime
Organisational conflict | Armed conflict
Social conflict | Role conflict
Work-family conflict | Identity
Boredom | Poverty | Hatred
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?