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TITLE (EDIT)
Conflict: Its Nature And Causes
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Despite the fact that conflicts have purged humans for long, their nature and causes are still bewildering. This sort article tries to explore the nature and causes of conflicts.

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TITLE KEYWORD
Mind
AUTHOR
Nicholas Okumu
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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[January 2014]
AUTHOR'S OTHER TITLES (2)
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Conflict: Its Nature And Causes
Nicholas Okumu


Conflicts, whether human or non-human; have been taking place for thousands of years1 with damaging consequences. Take for instance conflicts between water and land where a whole chunk of it may be swept away to sea; leaving behind gullies2, and polutants.3

Another natural conflict comes from wind4 affecting the natural surroundings over which it passes; also leading to trail of destruction not only to plants and land, but also human beings. Therefore, such conflicts, even if considered natural, nonetheless cause untold destruction.

However, it is not only the natural forces that may cause destruction. There are also the human dimensions to conflicts, such as wars5, mining6, agriculture, etc. Although these human dimensions of conflict have been known and experienced, they not only seem unabated but also intensified, in many forms. Conflict forms have been manifested in the social, economic, political, and technological dimensions.

Undoubtedly, those who have tried to solve human conflicts by providing the resources 7need to be commended for various reasons. For example, they not only try to save and preserve human kind8, but also allow antagonists to live in a peaceful and harmonious ways. Although such attempts to solve human conflicts are helpful, the determination of causes do not seem to have taken center stage.

One of the ways to explore what conflicts are is to try to define them. According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary conflict is defined as ''struggle'; 'strong disagreement', or a 'difference that prevents agreement'.

However, the above definition of conflict raises a number of questions. For example: why do human beings struggle with one another?. Why do they have strong disagreements?. In addition, why do human beings have differences that may lead to disagreements?. The answer to these questions may seem not only to be obvious, but also numerous. These questions require answers. Although a number of answers may be advanced, there is one perspective that needs to be seriously investigated. That is to say; human beings by nature have a dual mind9. For example, a human mind registers both a 'yes', and a 'no'; 'short', and 'long'; 'big' and 'small, 'Acholi', non-Acholi; black and white; etc. Such a mind is unlikely to be free of conflicts of any kind since it is always looking at things from two perspectives.

One may challenge this perspective and relate it to why conflicts are in other natural phenomena such as the forces of wind and water as noted above. For example, one may ask: what disagreements are there between water and land on the one hand; and wind and land on the other such that they create destruction?. These are some of the questions may may have to be directed to scientists who study the phenomena of these forces. However, for human beings the duality of the mind seems an area that needs to be explored further for explaining why conflicts arise.

 

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