[FoRK] Healthy Conflict (?)
Dr. Ernie Prabhakar <
drernie at radicalcentrism.org
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Fri Nov 3 15:15:30 PST 2006
In the spirit of Stephen's quotes, I thought I'd offer this nugget,
inspired from Wil Shipley's encounter with Nicholas Negroponte.
-- Ernie P.
The backlash on all this is that many people have apparently decided
that conflict itself is inherently bad, just because there are so
many examples of conflicts with bad motivations. I don't agree, but
that begs these questions: When do we need to fight? When is it right?
My answer: When we're doing it for something larger. Some concept
grander than ourselves. We're fighting for something that's right.
And not right in the "my God told me your God sucks"-sense, not right
in the "We're right because we're America and if you don't love our
country you should leave you damn mexican jew lizard"... right in the
"I can point to tangible good effects this will have on other people
without causing a lot of tangible harm" sense.
There's an interesting side-effect to this last kind of fight, the
fight for good. When you're not doing it for your own ego, you can
win just by convincing others to join your side. If you get enough
people to fight for you, you can even win without anyone actually
knowing it was you.
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