Seeds of Conflict

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Thought for the Week

You and I are like grass. When we are healthy and growing close together, the seeds of conflict have little room to take root. But when grass is sparse and unhealthy, weeds soon occupy the open space and proliferate, pushing the blades of grass even further apart. The cure is not for us to attack one another, but the weeds. Not by denying their existence, or even by hacking them off at the surface, which is temporary at best. But by finding and pulling out their roots — and then growing close together again.

“When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers.”
~African Proverb

“Sadly, we rarely recognize the seeds of conflict when we’re sowing them.” ~The Wishing Map

“How will we ever survive this if we can’t survive each other?”
~Rory Power

“Great political leaders are energized by conflict. I’m energized by listening to people’s stories and trying to figure out shared solutions.”
~Gloria Steinem

“In the game of arguments, the person who finds a mutually acceptable solution is the winner.”
~Sukant Ratnakar

“We don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note. Only notes that are different can harmonize. The same is true with people.”
~Steve Goodier

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” ~Matthew 5:9


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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29 Responses to Seeds of Conflict

  1. I was just thinking about conflict, Mitch, so your post is helpful…as always. It occurs to me that some political folk sometimes create conflict where none previously existed so that they can form a “base” and exploit all the energy that the conflict generates. Seems to me that that is how the “culture wars” were created.

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  2. Jack Gator says:

    “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of it’s victims may be the most repressive. It may be better to live under robber barons, then under omnipotent moral busybodies” C.S. Lewis

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  3. Wonderful food for thought! Thank you.

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  4. Neese says:

    Love the quotes you used Mitch. Food for thought. Thanks…

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  5. Ana Daksina says:

    Saved a couple of these treasures to pass on to my own readers in future, many thanks for the collected wisdoms!

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  6. grAnnie Roo says:

    The perfect first read on my first day down valley. Good job, Mitch!

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  7. believe4147 says:

    These are some great quotes. My favorites are The Wishing Map, and Rory Power. And your analogy was really good. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Excellent–and timely–quotes!

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  9. C.A. Post says:

    In “The Insanity of Obedience” by Nik Ripken, he interviewed persecuted Christians in China who said the best way to stop the persecution was to win their persecutors to the Lord and become brothers and sisters in Christ. Rather than protesting or praying for “deliverance” from persecution, they request we pray that they will be faithful when persecuted.
    ❤️&🙏, c.a.

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  10. Very good reminder… thank you.

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  11. Your thought about weeds in the grass really makes sense, Mitch. I also love the African proverb. There are too many elephants (big people) fighting and it’s the grass (children) who often suffer most.

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  12. murisopsis says:

    Wonderful analogy!

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  13. Nancy Richy says:

    “And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make.” – The Beatles

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  14. I like the analogy of weeds taking root when there is too much distance. So much could be said about conflict resolution–and has been–but allow me to say here that shared experiences are glue that keeps people close, along with making weed-pulling easier.

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  15. Great analogy ☝️

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  16. Nancy Ruegg says:

    In a Dr. Suess story, the grass blades would get to know one another, come to appreciate one another. Then they’d grow to care what happens to the other and step up to help as needed. Oh–and they’d put down their screens once in awhile. Can’t grow close with screens in the way.

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  17. #hood says:

    matthew 5:07 casting cares onto thee


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