Reply: By understanding why some of us perceive it as conflict, and by our moving beyond that mindset.
In "The Chalice and the Blade" author Riane Eisler shows how the conflict trait evolved from the eastern nomadic invasions into Europe by those with a "them vs us" society. Described as the Kurgan Waves by Marija Gimbutas (in a l977 Journal of European Studies) their hierarchical domination ranking (men over women, strong over weak) and "man the warrior" concepts forced a major shift in human cultural evolutionary history.
Since then we have dominated and murdered each other on the basis of religious, economic, social, cultural and personal reasons (excuses). Since we have been brought up in a society in which the "them vs us" was a way of life (where one aspect is dominant over another as a "right") it is difficult to discern that there once was, and again may be, an alternate.
"The Chalice and the Blade" (Harper & Row, 1987), which is said to be the most important book since Darwin's "Origin of the Species", describes the alternative evolutionary pathway from which mankind was diverted; a direction to which human evolution is once again turning. Eisler also describes how those who strongly self-identify with the "them vs us" concept violently resist efforts to return to anything that they feel or sense is a threat to "domination" as a matter of "right".
In other words there are those who see a conflict existence between the ARES and the RACES because it is so difficult to discern the muddy rut we are in when we are mired in the mud and striving to find a way out - but fighting the forces that put us in the mud at the same time we are fighting to get out of it!!
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