Encountering Conflict

Encountering conflict is often portrayed and linked with negative experiences faced by humans; however, it is through these experiences in which people discover inner strengths that they never knew they possessed, both physically and mentally. Through the discovery of these traits, many people can overcome conflict and create workable solutions to difficult problems, or even make appropriate compromises. ???The greatest challenge faced by those enduring conflict is said to be staying human???, however, in some cases, those encountering the conflict may not have a choice but to sacrifice their humanity in order to stay alive. Margret from the film Paradise road is the perfect model of someone who chose to keep their humanity rather than losing hope at the hands of the Japanese.
Margret Drummond is and older lady who was the daughter of a missionary. Immediately after capture, Margret??™s approach to dealing with the hardships and difficulties that she and the other women and children encountered was to keep positive, contrary to the other women in the prison who reacted negatively by perpetuating conflict within the camp. What is perceived of the character Mrs Drummond is that friendship and relationships between people is crucial in order to surpass the common problems experienced within conflict such as self-doubt and lack of self-belief in one??™s ability to successfully overcome conflict. Margret and Adrienne are the two women whom are the driving force behind the choral orchestra which was set up to take the women??™s minds off what was occurring around them such as the beatings and mistreatment of fellow women and children. The choir at one stage performed in front of the Japanese guards, and it had appeared that this first moment of peace within the prison had enchanted the guards. After the women had become aware that the guards in fact appreciated the choir, it gave them an inspiration for survival which truly portrayed the extraordinary capacity for humans to survive conflict and create positive experiences in such contexts. As Margret says ???I??™ve tried, I just can??™t bring myself to hate people???, she gives those around her the insight that these Japanese guards are human to, and are only acting under the control of the brutal man who control their actions throughout the war. At the end of the war, it is that woman at the camp who stayed positive, and fought for their humanity who will take a positive experience out of this, however, for the comfort women, who sacrificed their humanity and self-respect, they will come out dull and emotionless and somewhat guilty for what they did. However, in some cases there are also people who lack the choice of staying human; the woman at the well is one of them.
The woman at the well is perceived as a simple, innocent and naive woman, described as scarcely out of adolescence. It seems that she is stuck in the middle of a conflict of war, which has left her unable to support her baby, or work for that matter. She faces a major intrapersonal conflict that is of a life or death situation. She is left with 1 option, and that is sacrifice her beliefs, self-respect, and humanity, and sell herself to the foreign soldiers to earn a fortune to keep herself and her baby alive. When the woman gets the soldier from the well to follow her inside, he describes the smell of the room as ???A room that smelt of ash and sweat and urine.??? The perception given by what the soldier said is an insight of the seriousness of her will to survive and overcome these inner conflicts. Later on the soldier, who declined her offer, was shot dead, he asked her to take the photo of his wife and kids and keep it, but instead she threw it down the well. This lack of emotion and sympathy is an evident result of the effects that her inner conflict is having on her emotionally. So although the women had been consumed by all the negative aspects of her conflict, her will to survive would perhaps one day result in a positive outcome. Furthermore, there are those people who face conflicting decisions from a day to day basis, especially in their jobs.
Steven Dupont is a world renowned photographer and videographer who was behind the short film ???A survivor??™s tale.??? Dupont and fellow journalist Paul Raffaele had been on board an Afghan police convoy, hoping to go see how the Afghan police dealt with the opium poppy conflict, when a suicide bomber detonated. The truck Dupont had been travelling in was affected by shrapnel. On impact Dupont??™s initial instinct was to grab his camera and immediately start filming, completely forgetting about Paul in the passenger seat. Dupont was faced with multiple conflicts, which at the time he was unaware of, due to the state of shock he appeared to be going through. After filming for what seemed like hours, Dupont then came to his senses and the realisation that he had not checked to see if Paul was okay. He went and found Paul lying lifeless in the truck, before leaving him again to film, which was potentially leaving Paul for dead, due to his extensive shrapnel wounds. Dupont??™s way of dealing with this conflict, by leaving his mate behind, in order to do his job was critical. But dealing with conflict after being affected by a suicide bomber and gunfire is something that Dupont never expected and never though he would have to deal with. Dupont then began to question what he should be doing, and says ???I don??™t know why I do this job??? beginning to doubt himself.
Considering that encountering conflict is something that everyone has to deal with throughout their life, there are times in which the greatest challenge they face is staying human, though not everyone has the opportunity to do so, dependant on their circumstances, like those from Paradise Road, The women in the well, and ???A survivor??™s tale.??? But the greatest challenge in fact lies within a person??™s ability to expand their inner strengths and emotions to overcome the hardship and difficulties of conflict. Doing so, however, shows truly who a person is and in contrast helps them become fully aware of themselves.

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