Wherever there’s life there’s conflict. Some people love it (boy, this is what I can Valhalla) but most of us in this culture loathe and fear it. Especially when it is about religion, there's nothing like Basil Fawlty repression about conflict to make idiots out of us.
I was off at 5.00 a.m. this morning to York, for the first day of a course resourced by two Cambridge psychologists on Conflict Transformation — not management, but transformation. The premise is not very English — that conflict is actually part of life, not some awful breakdown in the fabric of everything. What matters is not avaoiding it, not even understanding it completely (because much conflict arises from the deeply irrational, fight or flight parts of us), but to see it through a process of Integrative Complexity.” I’m off to learn what that is, and very much looking forward to the learning. Watch this space.
first entry posted on a train!