Power- Conflict: Empowering Human Relation


‘Power-conflict’ has been in existence in different forms in our lives. Notionally, it estranges interpersonal relations. But the present paper seeks to show that the interplay of power is not necessarily violent and coercive rupturing human relation, rather it strengthens man’s bond with his own being and with others. The thoughts, emotions and values which an individual nurtures within him through his interaction with Nature constitute his inherent power, the inner strength and the latent disposition. When one tries to influence others through such power, clash of thoughts and opinions arises. But this apparent opposition clears doubts, resolves tension and generates mutual understanding among everyone involved. An inner struggle of conflicting ideas within one’s own thought world enhances his self development. However, if the individual’s ego, aggression, selfish interests predominate over the social ego, power-conflict takes a destructive turn distorting human relation. This paper wants to emphasize upon the cultivation of the values of agreeableness, forgiveness, tolerance, compassion and empathy, to transform such aggressive hard power-conflict to soft non-violent creative power, thus empowering human relation. It also seeks to explore the Indian philosophy of language that highlights how inner-power enhances speech-act and initiates communication. The Sankhya metaphysical principles of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas signify the evolutionary power-confluence present in the cosmic realm. Again, the Jaina doctrine of relativity would be referred which logically reflects upon the ongoing conflict of ‘to be or not to be’ as an obvious fact of individual’s life. Power-conflict therefore redefines human relation.

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Sushmita Bhowmik, BudgeBudge College, India

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Conference: ECERP2015
Stream: Interdisciplinary - Conflict Resolution and Mediation Studies

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