There is nothing more capitalistic and freedom loving than making peace.
Think about it.
Two people come together to agree (or disagree) on an issue.
The issue gets resolved, gets to stalemate or gets blown up, but no matter what happens, the people involved in the process (the warring parties and the mediator) get to participate together.
Managing conflict is a place where the capitalistic principle of work = pay should rule.
The principles of freedom and republican democracy work in conflict management as well, because all parties involved can make a choice, whether they want to participate or not, and to get to resolution, everyone must learn and practice the principles of negotiation.
We here at HSCT grow weary of hearing political commentators and others talk about the fallacy of conflict resolution and of developing peace, while at the same time focusing on litigation, imprisonment, warfare and strife as the preferred way to go.
Jesus talked about peace. He also talked about money (check out Matthew 22:15-22 on this one).
When are we going to cease believing that making peace and making money are mutually exclusive?
-Peace Be With You All-
Jesan Sorrells, MA
Principal Conflict Engagement Consultant
Human Services Consulting and Training (HSCT)
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