The Experience of Conflict Changes People’s Priorities

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Human being will always encounter conflict; it is inevitable because of our complex makeup and conflicting ideas and values. This is not necessarily a bad thing as conflict allows individuals and communities to grow and learn. Arguments and disagreements naturally create opposition in people and as a conflict becomes more complex, it becomes increasingly difficult to be a ‘fence-sitter’. This allows people to begin to regard their own views and values and thus prioritise what is most important to them. In the 2th century, dichotomies have been created that lead to one group having more power over another group. However, through history we see the individuals who stand up against these more powerful groups as heroic. This can be seen through the youngest Nobel Peace Prizewinner, Martin Luther King Jr’s actions to achieve equality for the African-Americans. King was fed up with being treated unfairly because he was black and stood up to protect himself, his family and his people. Such a strong proclamation cost King his life but we still recognise his actions today as a main factor for the equality of African-Americans, and many other races. This shows that King prioritised the wealthfare of his family and loved ones over himself to achieve equality for them all. Similarly in Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, the character John Proctor casts aside ‘[his] good name’ in order to save the community of Salem from the injustice of the witch trials. Proctor believed that the group of girls who were making the accusations were all lieing in order to divert the attention from themselves to everyone else. The only way for Proctor to stop the ‘crazy little children’ from ‘jangling the keys to the kingdom’ and show how the law has been corrupted by Danforth was to sacrifice himself. Like King, Proctor proclaimed his beliefs in order to save his family

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