The exhortation, “Cooperation not conflict” could be, and should be, the slogan of every individual. Even amongst peace loving peoples, the threat of conflict is part of normal daily life.
The manner each individual approaches conflict determines whether we exacerbate or resolve our common strife.
It is always to one's personal benefit to resolve differences to
the satisfaction of all involved as soon as possible.
Unresolved conflict is analogous to the gardener, who, while weeding, merely removes the exposed portion of a weed. Leaving the root system in the ground.
The knowledgeable gardener recognizes that removing just this exposed portion stimulates further growth, and the noxious plant comes back stronger than before.
Purposely investing the necessary time and effort to do so, he or she prudently removes the entire structure. Confident that that
particular unwanted plant will not return. Compounding the potential yield on that invested time.
With Human relations we are reliant on the Moral Goodwill of parties to an interaction to keep their word. Human Beings will keep their word if they possess the wise, knowledgeable gardener's understanding of the underlying Laws of Nature that predetermine consequences of our choice of action in a given state of affairs.
I can give you my express word, and then break it. Or otherwise neglect to cooperate, where responsibility indicates I should, and by doing so I may gain an immediate advantage.
However, by ignorantly embracing and exploiting such an advantage, I am exposing my lack of knowledge to Sound Minds and infesting my garden of Goodwill with the seeds of injurious weeds of immorality. All the while reducing my capability to influence you and weakening my Personal Power to influence others.
Frustration and embarrassment are the products of this manner of behavior. And so conflict grows. Accompanied by the ever present threat of violence.
The ability to cooperate is a fundamental component of one's Personal Power repertoire. The Principle of Cooperation enables we Humans to navigate the still much uncharted waters of our Emotions.
Integrity is a cardinal component of personal power. As is the ability to predict the consequences of our own actions.
Getting the right results while disadvantaging no Good people is powerful stuff. As demonstrated in the big picture by John F Kennedy, Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and others.
Possessed by all too few Humans, the ability to cooperate and achieve in concert, is nevertheless a Power available to us all.
philosophy of Personal Development expounded here on pdThinker.com delivers this Power to anyone who is
prepared to pay the price demanded by Nature. That price is comprehending Her Laws. Natural Law is
the Arbitrator of Life.
When Humanity per se puts into practice the Principle of Cooperation on an ever wider scale, we will discover, observe, and develop, readily acceptable Conventions and Mores that will ease and lubricate Human interaction.
Eliminating what was once considered intractable sources of strife.
The Principle of Cooperation pertains to every aspect of our lives. With limited space at our disposal to investigate the consequence of cooperation not conflict, however, let's just apply the blowtorch of understanding to a familiar situation. Our workplace.
Workplaces are undergoing an upheaval of unprecedented proportions.
Ranging in status from the ancient inflexible agency of Command and Control to the modern climate of freedom and responsibility, this upheaval serves as an across the board example of how our attitudes affect our behavior.
That old inflexible agency of command and control is a cold spawning ground for conflict. The modern workplace environment is a hotbed for cooperation.
An innovative, inspirational, hotbed of cooperation that is clearly an indication of wise Human Intelligence influencing our own Evolution of Consciousness. And exemplifies the Real Power available to us all, when we make the decision to step out from under the muddy jackboot of domination and insist on equality for all.
The Modern workplace based on freedom and responsibility of the individual, is possible because participants involved in these forward looking establishments operate on the Higher Planes of Thought only available through the expansion of the Mind. Expansion which in turn is achieved via Personal Development.
Nothing enfeebles perpetrators of conflict more than that impervious to corruption nature of Higher Plane Thinkers. The situation where conflict takes place matters not. Including the modern workplace. This too, is Humans influencing their own evolution in a positive fashion.
The workplace is where many of us spend the major part of our day. Presenting us with an opportunity to practice and hone our
cooperative skills. An ideal learning opportunity.
Whilst helping oneself to grow intellectually we are helping pioneers who are
building a superior model of a workplace environment. Those astute men and women who recognize and dispense the Proper Nature of being Human.
An environment where freedom and responsibility coalesce and reign supreme.
It is no coincidence that such Forward Thinking workplaces punch out superior products and services. And, no surprise they are more profitable, in every sense of the word, than their conventionally run counterparts.
All these progressive benefits are delivered by contented, creative workers. Acting in concert with an enlightened management team.
Even in the World's most advanced Economies the “normal” workplace suffers a serious drawback in that much of the workplace environment is still modeled on the out of touch and out of date system of command and control.
The very nature of a hierarchical structure invites conflict and contest. This is true even when a workplace environment is operated along compassionate lines.
This is evident in the familiar squabbling and bickering common amongst the unenlightened souls in management positions. Cooperation not conflict, as a modus operandi, is not an element of their conscious awareness.
Evolution is frequently cited as the reason to explain why we respond negatively to each other.
We are told, in essence, that as a historical survival strategy Humans blindly force their way through life. Afraid that if we don't lash out first, we will lose whatever it is we have already accumulated, to others.
This author is no big fan of relating every aspect of our behavior, justifying such behavior as a useful instrument of Evolution gone by, and accepting we do not have the ability to influence our conduct for the better.
A great deal of Human behavior is counter-productive to our progress. And is in direct defiance of adopting a path leading to survival. Let alone Peace and Prosperity. How our current workplace management system evolved tends to support this view.
This is Humans influencing their own evolution in a negative manner. An aesthetic sight it is not.
Neither is the ugliness of conflict widely questioned. Yet.
Conscious Awareness needs to be elevated concerning how best to rescue and secure the future we have so recklessly endangered. Questioning current attitudes and implementing Cooperation not Conflict, is a good place to start.
Individually, this is our prerogative.
The ancient command and control model, of business management, prevails. It is instructive to take a brief look at it's derivation.
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