conflict

A Quote by Butler Shaffer on conflict, thinking, and mind

We live in conflict because our thinking is in conflict. We have organized ourselves into rigidly-defined categories based upon race, ethnicity, nationality, ideology, religion, economic interests, geography, and countless other identities, and vigorously defend the boundaries of such categories from those outside. Politics mobilizes such identities, promising each of these groups the coercive backing of the state to advance their interests.

Butler Shaffer

Source: http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/ebook/2.html

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on moment, fighting, fuss, violence, ambition, conflict, hatred, struggle, anger, train, politics, and gone

One moment it was there, another moment it is gone. One moment we are here, and another moment we have gone. And for this simple moment, how much fuss we make! How much violence, ambition, struggle, conflict, anger, hatred, just for this small moment! Just waiting for the train in a waiting room on a station, and creating so much fuss: fighting, hurting each other, trying to possess, trying to boss, trying to dominate - all that politics. And then the train comes and you are gone forever.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Source: Take it Easy, Volume 1 Chapter 13

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by Octave Mirbeau on obligation, respect, institutions, fashion, convention, moral, social, foundation, contradiction, formality, conflict, intolerable, poisoned, wound, powers, and personality

You're obliged to pretend respect for people and institutions you think absurd.  You live attached in a cowardly fashion to moral and social conventions you despise, condemn, and know lack all foundation.  It is that permanent contradiction between your ideas and desires and all the dead formalities and vain pretenses of your civilization which makes you sad, troubled and unbalanced.  In that intolerable conflict you lose all joy of life and all feeling of personality, because at every moment they suppress and restrain and check the free play of your powers.  That's the poisoned and mortal wound of the civilized world. 

Octave Mirbeau

Source: Torture Garden

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by unknown on peace and conflict

We will only have peace when war is no longer a default solution to conflict.

unknown

Source: kalyse

Contributed by: kalyse

A Quote by Ann Patchett on fighting, conflict, anxiety, and worry

"When you were looking for the big fight, the moment that you thought i would knock everything over, nothing much happened at all." (written from perspective of the character Cecilia in The Patron Saint of Liars)

Ann Patchett

Source: The Patron Saint of Liars: A Novel

Contributed by: SarahRose

A Quote by Robert I. Sutton on conflict, respect, and confrontation

The right kind of friction can help any organization. To take a famous example, Intel cofounder and retired CEO Andy Grove can be a strong-willed and argumentative person. But Grove is renowned for sticking to the facts and for inviting anyone-from brand-new Intel engineers to Stanford students whom he teaches about business strategy to senior Intel executives-to challenge his ideas. For Grove, the focus has always been on finding the truth, not on putting people down. Not only do I despise spineless and obsequious wimps, but there is good evidence that they damage organizations. A series of controlled experiments and field studies in organizations shows that when teams engage in conflict over ideas in an atmosphere of mutual respect, they develop better ideas and perform better. That is why Intel teaches employees how to fight, requiring all new hires to take classes in "constructive confrontation." These same studies show, however, that when team members engage in personal conflict-when they fight out of spite and anger-their creativity, performance, and job satisfaction plummet. In other words, when people act like a bunch of assholes, the whole group suffers.

Robert Sutton

Source: The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't, Pages: Chapter One

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

A Quote by Sol Luckman on desire, conflict, truth, dream, lucid dream, drinking, drunk, lucidity, experience, the road, travel, adventure, quixotic, movement, luke soloman, and picaresque

I’d been having dreams lately, drunken dreams with their peculiar lucidity in which the Experience Trail, the High Seas seemed to call louder and louder, more and more insistently with a voice that was at the same time music—a siren’s song that almost threatened me if I refused to obey its quixotic urgings …

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 83

Contributed by: Leigh

A Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh on non-duality, good and evil, heart sutra, illusion, survival, global politics, united states, soviet union, war, life, and conflict

In the West you have been struggling for many years with the problem of evil. But in the light of non-duality, there is not any problem.  You need both right and left to have a branch. Do not take sides, if you take sides, you are trying to eliminate half of reality, which is impossible. For many years, the United States has been trying to describe the Soviet Union as the evil side. Some Americans even have the illusion they can survive alone, without the other half. If we look at America very deeply, we see the Soviet Union. And if we look deeply at the Soviet union, we see America. If we look deeply at the rose, we see the garbage; if we look deeply at the garbage, we see the rose. In this international situation, each side is pretending to be the rose, and calling the other side garbage.

Survival means the survival of human kind as a whole, not just a part of it. If the South cannot survive, then the North is going to crumble. If countries of Third World cannot pay their debts, you are going to suffer here in the North. If you do not take care of the Third World, your well-being is not going to last, and you will not be able to continue living in the way you have been much longer. It is leaping out at us already. You cannot leave the job to the governments or the political scientists alone. You have to do it yourself.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Source: Thich Naht Hahn, The Heart of Understanding, Commentaries on Prajnaparamita Heart Sutra, 1988 p36

Contributed by: mita

A Quote by Sol Luckman on stoning, flight, fugitive, conflict, absurd, farce, spoof, mel gibson, braveheart, persecution, mayan, tattoo, and luke soloman

Groping inside my duffel, I found my Swiss army knife and opened one of the blades. I stopped and turned brandishing it, an insane glint in my eye like Mel Gibson in Braveheart. My nearest persecutor, a young man covered in Mayan tattoos, was approaching fast. The knife made him hesitate—but that was all.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 55

Contributed by: Leigh

A Quote by Eckhart Tolle on self, conflict, thoughts, and consciousness

Whenever you are able, have a “look” inside yourself to see whether you are unconsciously creating conflict between the inner and the outer, between your external circumstances at that moment — where you are, who you are with, or what you are doing — and your thoughts and feelings. Can you feel how painful it is to internally stand in opposition to what is?

When you recognize this, you also realize that you are now free to give up this futile conflict, this inner state of war.

Eckhart Tolle

Source: Stillness Speaks

Contributed by: Gaia Team

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