At the heart of conflict is fear
Conflict is an inevitable part of our everyday lives regardless of time and place: and at the heart of conflict is fear. It is a major part of human existence, leading back to the earliest form of conflict, where our human ancestors. There is constantly some form of conflict taking place around the world, whether it is between nations, politics or families. There are a number of reasons for the causes of conflict such as: Unmatched expectations; difference in culture and religion; difference in beliefs, morals and values; and fear.
I believe fear and people being scared is among the most likely causes of conflict. In relation to the issue of radicalised Australian teenagers fighting in the Middle East for the Islamic State, I’m convinced that they are fighting because they are scared and fear their own religion being defeated and fear losing to other nations in war. If these teens didn’t have the fear they did, they wouldn’t have chosen the path of fighting for an extremist group of terrorists.
While at the heart of conflict is fear, at the heart of fear is conflict. Fear is defined as being an emotion generated by a threat perceived by living entities which causes a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in behaviour, such as running away, hiding or freezing from traumatic events. Humans fear conflict, and generally we do not want to have anything to do with conflict.
As stated fear can cause a change in brain and organ function such as; running away. People usually run away from things they fear, for example, in Two Hands, Jimmy – a 19 year old boy from Sydney – runs away from the conflict he caused with Pando when he lost $10,000 at the beach. Jimmy showed lots of fear in his expression once he saw the $10,000 buried in the sand was stolen. Due this fear Jimmy caused more local conflict by staging a bank robbery so he can return the money.
As Australia is a multicultural country, the ongoing cause of...