Mediation and Conflict Resolution
They key to resolving conflict is "suspension of one's
own point of view as the only point of view."
Every conflict reflects what each person most needs
to learn in that moment.
The greatest tragedy of human existence
is the illusion of separateness.
"We have thought of peace as passive and war as the
active way of living. The opposite is true. War is not the
most strenuous life. It is a kind of rest cure compared to
the task of reconciling our differences ... From War to
Peace is not from the strenuous to the easy existence;
it is from the futile to the effective, from the stagnant to
the active, from the destructive to the creative way of life ...
The world will be regenerated by the people who rise
above these passive ways and heroically seek, by
whatever hardship, by whatever toil, the methods by which
people can agree.”
Mary Parker Follett, 1918
Whether humanity will consiously follow the law of love,
I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will
work just as the law of gravitation works, whether we
accept it or not.
Our capacity to make peace with another person
and with the world, depends very much
capacity to make peace with ourselves.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The moment you put a mental label on another
being, you can no longer truly relate to that person . . .
It then becomes possible to perpetrate any act of violence.
Conflict is always a product
of the ego and the mind,
not the heart.