In World War II, the Germans were years ahead of everyone else in technology. They focused effort in science and engineering that they developed a rocket known as the V2. It’s purpose? To bring death and destruction to allied cities. The V2 rocket became the first man-made object to travel into space and essentially brought humanity into the space age. This carried over to the Cold War when the USA and the USSR were fighting for world dominance. With both factions focusing on the development of more sophisticated rockets, eventually, humans were able to set foot on the Moon.
It can be argued that without all the conflict the world has gone through, we would not be able to have the motivation to develop the technology we needed to land on that ball of rock you see on the night sky. Not only that, we would not have the technologies we have that spawned thanks to space exploration. This includes your smartphone cameras, wireless headphones, water purification systems, and solar energy.
You can probably see this pattern throughout your life. Perhaps you had to endure dark times and did not have any choice but to grow stronger. Perhaps your mother or father failed at parenting which in turn gave you the motivation to be a better parent. Or perhaps your own family turned their backs on you which made you a fully independent person. Here’s one example from me; I enjoy working out in the gym and one thing I really hate to work on is my legs. You see, I hate leg days because you need to give it everything you got, but I figured that I would hate myself even more if I did not push myself to do them. Essentially my lower body strength is built on hate. I know it is not a healthy fuel for your engines but I’m just trying to make a point about an epiphany I have while working out: The primary drive to become better comes from turmoil.
Within the course of a single human lifetime, we have come from being flightless to being space travelers. All this can be credited to conflict. In our personal lives, it is the turmoil that makes us stronger to adapt and change as necessary to survive. Can we then say that we should embrace conflict? In the immortal words of Charles Bukowski: “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” Conflict is always and ever-present. It is what we do with it or against it that elevates or destroy us.
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