At first glance, Phil Jamesson’s essay, ‘The Tragedy of Conflict’, looks like it will be a standard exploration of the nature of conflict.
He begins by looking at the conflict between individuals, but quickly realizes that this is only a shallow representation of the larger hidden conflicts in our world.
He argues that, even though conflicts between people can and do occur, they are often based on much deeper and more complex issues.
Jamesson further examines the role of power and control in conflict, noting the importance of those in authority to maintain peace and order.
Additionally, he explores the concept of identity, showing how humans desire to be part of a group and to feel connected to others.
Finally, Jamesson concludes with an argument that true resolution of conflict can only be achieved with a complete understanding of and empathy for the perspectives of all those involved.
While acknowledging that conflict is a part of the human experience, Jamesson encourages us to rise above our differences and work towards finding a solution that will benefit all involved.
His essay provides an insightful look at conflict and its resolution from an individual, as well as societal, perspective.