By Kenneth Justice
“So Kenneth, I think it’s time for you to start blogging again!” he said
Yesterday I had coffee with one of my dearest friends and the conversation was one of those typical coffee house conversations that touched upon many of the major issues in the NEWS of the past month;
—) “Syria, the conflict never seems to end”
—) “The Palestinian/Israeli conflict, haven’t we heard about this once before?”
—) “Russia and Ukraine; who really gained anything by shooting down that plane?”
—-) “The new Barista who works at the coffee shop we hang out at; that’s kind of a low cut shirt for a barista isn’t it?”
—-) “Do you think that customer has had plastic surgery or not? Those seem a little bit too big for her frame don’t they?”
I’ve been away from my blog but the stories and conversations often seem to be the same….don’t they? It’s strange to me that the conflicts which occur around the world always seem to be circular in nature; they go on and on and on, people fight and argue incessantly and it rarely seems as though there is any conclusion to the struggles that men and women face all over the world.
Even in our own personal lives it seems as though when you finally get rid of one cranky manager or hostile customer; a new one is waiting in the shadows to rain down more misery upon your life. And let’s not even get started with cranky relatives; they don’t seem to ever go away.
It seems to me that in many ways; conflict is here to stay.
When I was younger I dreamed of the world that John Lennon wrote about; can’t we all just love each other and be at peace? The older I get the more I’m beginning to think that peace and resolution is nothing more than that which rocks dream about during the rem portion of their evening constitutional.
I guess the problem is not that conflict exists in the world; the real issue is how you and I respond to conflict when it occurs in our lives. Are you going to pick up a gun and kill someone because you believe they shouldn’t have built their house so close to yours? Are you going to shoot down a passenger plane from the sky because you think it will help your cause? Are you going to fire off bombs from the basements of hospitals and neighborhoods at innocent people merely because you don’t like how they spend their Saturdays?
Hopefully your idea of resolving conflict doesn’t involve beating up Aunt Mildred at the Sunday dinner because she gossiped about you behind your back; after all, it’s not her fault that she has nothing better in life than talking shit about you.
I guess conflict is sort of like coffee; it’s here to stay. Which reminds me, I’m here to stay as well, and I’m happy to announce that my sabbatical from blogging is officially over. Come back tomorrow and the next day, and the next day, and the next day, for all new articles from yours truly.
I’m sort of like a bad cold, I just don’t seem to go away,
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