Conflict as Communication

It is precisely because conflict is a kind of communication that it persists so far beyond the infancy of our species. Artefacts and entities of communication remain in this world for as long as they do through the many ways they endlessly reproduce themselves both through and as us. War, fear and hatred perennially percolate to ascendance as a function of the ease with which they grow and spread like wildfires of blood and steel. We rarely if ever notice it but the eternal return of conflict and partisan tribalism is a process that generates us every bit as much as we generate it. Perhaps if we could realise this terrible truth about the self-replicating human nature of our shared historical (and contemporary) catastrophes, we might not be – as they say – forever doomed to repeat them.

Image: stable diffusion.

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