Community and conflict

An important message from Nimue

Druid Life

Most of us in English speaking countries do not live in tight knit communities where people depend on each other to survive. As a consequence, unlike most of our ancestors we can afford not to be too invested in the idea of community. When things go wrong, we can just move on to another space. What this overlooks of course is the deep feeling of unrootedness and un-belonging that comes from changing your social context to deal with conflict. We might not need our communities to survive the winter, but we do need them for emotional wellbeing.

It’s easy to see conflict in personal terms, and understand it purely as being about those directly involved. Two people appear to fall out, and so we take the moral high ground by not getting involved, not taking sides, not asking what happened. If one of the people involved pulls away and leaves…

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2 thoughts on “Community and conflict

    • No they don’t. during our journey in life we eventually realise that the majority of “friends” will put their own welfare above others as they do not wish to become targets themselves. This can be hurtful when those you thought cared about you remain neutral when witnessing unjust words and actions from other parties I am pleased to say that you occasionally find a genuine person who hates injustice and will step in to help. Friends in this category should be valued. Thank you for your comment Lesley 🙂 x

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