Conflict Is Caused by Fear Essay examples

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Conflict is a word used to describe a state of discomfort, anger, frustration, sadness or pain that arises from a struggle to resist or overcome a condition of opposition, antagonism or discord. Fear is an unpleasant and frequently strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. Fear affects the way that people manage antagonistic circumstances, and can often provoke uncharacteristic or defensive responses. In order to understand conflict, we must first accept the inevitability of conflict in everyday life, understand that conflict appears in a variety of forms and guises and how conflict is a set of dynamics and is rarely one-dimensional, stemming from manifold human fears. The Size of the Sky, by Jenny Pausacker is a …show more content…
Fear is a human instinct that helps people to recognize and respond to dangerous situations and threats. Often, it causes people to react in a way that ensure their personal safety. In most situations, protecting oneself means going against someone else and thereby, creating conflict. In Walk On, Ferrin threatens personal safety of Vince and Jimmy, causing them to react with physical blows, creating a situation that involves conflict. An example of conflict caused by fear in the modern world is when George Bush and the Americans felt threatened, and therefore afraid, of Saddam Hussein. This fear for personal safety caused the Americans to react in a violent and aggressive way that ultimately lead to his death. This caused a huge media coverage, and words and phrases used in newspapers such as ‘cruel even for Iraq’ and ‘even by the stupefying standards of Iraq’s violence…’ The Media is often a huge assistant in shaping perceptions of events, people, and popular culture, and one of the main factors that are manipulated to form these perceptions is fear.

Perception of people leads to conflict. When 9/11 occurred, a hug Media frenzy was born, with some of the world’s leading newspapers fronting headlines that include. “It’s war”, “America’s bloodiest day”, and even, “Bastards”. When people are labeled things such as ‘terrorist’, ‘extremist’, ‘pessimist’, ‘narcisstic’, ‘realist’, ‘pacifist’, ‘idealist’, ‘racist’,
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