Franz Kafka’s (1883-1924) Top Ten Conflict Tips

I thought it time to add another of our Top Ten Conflict Tips, this time from that most existentialist of writer Franz Kafka:

  1. The meaning of life is that it stops
  2. In the fight between you and the world, back the world.
  3. Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
  4. A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
  5. It’s often safer to be in chains than to be free
  6. All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.
  7. You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
  8. Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
  9. A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it.
  10. God gives the nuts, but he does not crack them.

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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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