A Sensible Solution

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Abolfazl Ahmadi

Active ImageThe human life is a continuous effort aimed at removing barriers to achievement of our goals and depression would befall us, should we failed to achieve them. When somebody is taken away from his/her loved one or the way is closed to realization of their wishes, they become depressed. We, humans sometimes serve as barriers to other humans. I mean that when two groups are pitched against each other due to conflict of interests, viewpoints and cultures and one of them bars the other one from achieving its goals, the failed party will suffer from disillusionment and depression.

Such conflict is called “difference” and our human life is imbued with all kinds of differences. They cover a wide spectrum from differences between a parent and child or between a man and his wife to differences between parties, cultures, and nations which sometimes amount to wars, massacres and dictatorship. Difference, as a phenomenon, can be approached in two ways.

The first is the primitive method of using force and violence. Human history has been punctuated with countless instances of this approach to differences. A second method, however, is to find a sensible solution to differences. In this way, both sides to a difference try to engage in dialogue in order to find a mutually satisfactory solution, thus, saving either party from suffering and depression which is a direct result of failure. This will amount to a win-win outcome. Here, both parties try to solve the problem through a common rational effort by banking on dialogue and negotiation. The foremost precondition for constructive management of a difference, however, is tolerance and avoiding of violence in order to make way for a rational solution. If a party to the difference refused tolerance and rationality, such a constructive solution would be unachievable.

When it comes to political conflicts as well as cultural and social differences, the use of force to establish order among conflicting social forces will lead to a sense of frustration and depression in defeated groups. Substitution of rational dialogue in place of brute force will also pave the way for informative discussions through which people will learn new things and help each other to correct the situation, thus, infusing their society with a spirit of liveliness and hope.

Source: Arman Daily
Translated By: Iran Review

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