Fredrik Coulter

Deland, FL, United States

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Fredrik Coulter
Posted 11 months ago
Human history is a history of conflict and misunderstanding. Will it ever stop?
Everyone has been posting about the inevitability (or lack thereof) of conflict as part of human existance. I don't think that's the right question. I think that a more important question is the importance of conflict to future history. The fact that (generally) history is defined in terms of wars and other conflicts doesn't neccessarily mean that conflict is the only (or best) way to look at history or human existance. Instead of focusing on one aspect of human existance (conflict), wouldn't it be more useful to look at the broad range of things that make up human existance and see how they change over time. Yes, there are times when it seems like conflict is the primary factor for a given people at a given time (Europe during the Hundred Years War), but what about the times and places when conflict is far less important. I suspect that those times don't appear in the texts because they're boring. When looking at history, use multiple dimensions, not just the single conflict one. An example of a different approach would be Gregory Clark's A Farewell to Alms. (There's a free set of lectures available on iTunes University.) While there are issues with his analysis, it does look at history along a completely different axis. Looking at the future through multiple dimensions would bring a more complex view into play. I think that conflict will always be with us. But the importance of that conflict to the human condition will change for different periods and locations. With luck, we will never return to the Hundred Years War levels of conflict affecting every day humanity.