Albert Camus (1913-60): Top Ten Conflict Tips

I love the work of the French writer Albert Camus and thought it time we did one of our Top Ten Conflict Tips based on his thinking.

  1. All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
  2. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself
  3. By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.
  4. Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend
  5. He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool
  6. Integrity has no need of rules
  7. The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding
  8. The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man’s heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy
  9. Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil
  10. We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives… inside ourselves
This is Albert
File:Albert Camus, gagnant de prix Nobel, portrait en buste, posé au bureau, faisant face à gauche, cigarette de tabagisme.jpg

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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