As regular readers of this blog know, we take the view that larger scale conflicts have much in common with individual conflicts.
The ineffectiveness we see in our individual interactions is reflected in our organization’s conflicts and global conflicts. And Lesser Bush, or Henry Kissinger, or whoever, handle conflict in the ways they do for reasons of individual psychology, as much as for political or intellectual reasons. See the very though- provoking book ‘The Bush Tragedy‘ by Jacob Weisberg.
And it does seem that our internal conflicts and are tendency to project the unacceptable aspects of our personalities onto others is a critical factor in conflict. In this spirit I offer you the poem written by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi (1207-1273) جلالالدین محمد بلخى : see
The Guest House
This human being is a guest house
Every morning a new arrival
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture.
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be cleaning you out
For some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing,
And invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.