I am still amazed at our human propensity to be titillated about conflict.
Something in the human mind loves drama.
We so often rush to read about negativity, challenges, despair, suffering.
We’re often intrigued to learn more about the day’s sorrows than the day’s blessings.
In this Thanksgiving season, perhaps we might ponder this.
Why does part of us seem eager to read about, say, rapes and killings, slaps and death, arguments and fiscal crisis? Our minds seem less interested in blessings and gratitude, joys and Thanksgiving.
We might disagree. We might insist we want those blessings, that we appreciate our many gifts. Yet how often do we humans often scurry to get down in the dirt of gossip, pain and anguish?
I’ve witnessed this yet again recently.
Discuss your response to a blog reader’s angry comments and hundreds of readers leap over to discover what’s happening. What DID the angry blog reader say? How DID the blog writer respond?
Write a blog about blessings and, ho hum, la de da, it simply doesn’t pack the same titillating punch.
Why might this be so?
I’m pondering, and would like your opinions as well.
I think we live in a world of seeming opposites and we love the drama. In the same way we adore a good book or movie, we want the plot. We want tension. We want to see if and how the tension resolves itself.
We witness tension in our own lives as we struggle to reconcile our lives. We look to others to mirror how they handle some of the same situations. Do they lash out, turn their backs, attempt to heal?
Yet, in our utter fascination with conflict, we often get pulled into the fray. We identify so strongly with one side or the other that we miss the Golden Goose–how to allow negativity to exist without allowing it to rule us, without getting stuck in its bloody wars of unresolved love.
The energy of conflict can be very seductive, indeed.
What is a blessing of conflict? When we allow it to lead us into healing our own personal struggles. When we use its energy to find new ways of healing.
What is a challenge of conflict? When it blinds us to Thanksgiving, to gratitude, to the many gifts which fill our world daily.
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, dear readers, and may any conflicts be swiftly resolved.