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Conflict Resolution – The Psychology of Conflict

30 Oct

In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald by Peter Hartcher

I found the following about Sharia law:

” . . . an international group of psychologists interviewed some 80 men who had fought with or lived under Daesh and published their conclusions last month in the journal Nature Human Behaviour.Daesh, they said, “has imbued a generation of young Sunni Arabs with a strict belief in Sharia law as the only way to govern society; and this is a value they are willing to fight and die for. They described strict Sharia as the only way to eliminate oppression and corruption, and many believe that ISIS’s foreign fighters truly fought for this.” Unless governments can show their people a better way to wipe out oppression and corruption, the appeal of Islamist extremism will live on.”

To my mind the key words were “oppression  and corruption”.  I googled these two words and ended up reading this article:

“Overcoming Oppression with Power” was the heading. It was interesting what was said about Nelson Mandela’s  strategies. Some very interesting, mind boggling details were mentioned. The article was written by Morton Deutsch.  Here is what it says about Morton Deutsch’s work in the field of conflict resolution.

“Morton Deutsch is one of the founding fathers of the field of conflict resolution, specializing in the psychology of conflict. Currently Professor Deutsch is the E.L. Thorndike Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He founded and is still active in Columbia’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution. He is the author of countless articles and books, including the 1973 Resolution of Conflict, which is still in use today.”

All this shows me that in academia people know so much about such subjects like “oppression and corruption” as well as conflict resolutions.

Why is it that most people are not much aware of that knowledge? Should not at least the people in power be made aware of all that knowledge?

What leads to Writing about my Experiences?

4 Oct

Doing a ‘Proust.’ published by Oosterman Treats Blog

The above was published on the 2nd of October 2017. It fascinated me to find out about the importance of Marcel Proust. I researched on the internet a bit about Marcel Proust and published here the things I found of special interest:

The following write-up I found very interesting:

“French novelist Marcel Proust was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. His books abandoned plot and dramatic action in favor of the narrator‘s descriptions of his experiences in the world.”

Well, it says that Proust’s books “abandoned plot and dramatic action  in favour of the   narrator’s description of his  experiences in the world.”

I reckon this is  exactly how I would like to be  able to write. I very much long to write about my experiences in this world. And I always only wanted to write for the followers of my blogs but also for my family and future descendants. I like the idea that family members, that come after me, can perhaps make themselves a picture of me as a person and the experiences in my life. I am 83 already. I published in my blogs whatever I have written so far. I hope my desire to write a bit more is strong enough to discipline me to actually do some  more writing during the time that is still left to me.

Nuclear Ban Treaty as a matter of human survival

5 Sep

Please go to the above page  and find out what can and must be done towards a Nuclear Ban Treaty! I absolutely agree that indeed human survival is at stake. Do we want that humans can survive or do we not care? That is the question.


Doesitevenmatter is sharing what’s on her mind:

6 Jul

 The blogger doesitevematter wrote a blog about a painting on the 5th of this month. The heading is:

sPEEking of paintings…

This is what is said about the painting in the above blog.

“The words “der löwe”, on the painting, are German for “the lion”. Also, there was a famous German prince from the 1100’s named Heinrich der Löwe (Henry the Lion).”

“This blog post is about Tank. Tank is not a painter. He’s an art critic.”

Have a look, what a beautiful art critic this Tank is!














Der 18. März – March, the 18th

18 Mar

Five years ago, Peter wrote the following blog in German:

 I copy here parts of the last part of that blog, and further on I’ll try to explain then in English what Peter has been writing about. So, please bear with me:

“Der 18. März ist auch ein historisches Datum, denn 1848, allerdings ein Samstag, kam es in Berlin zu Kämpfen zwischen Preußischen Truppen und revolutionären Untertanen die gerne Bürger sein wollten. Es gab etwa 260 Tote.

Bei dem Luftangriff am 18. März 1945 gab es 336 Tote, 357 Verletzte und 226 Vermisste. 79785 Menschen wurden wohnungslos.

Am Sonntag, den 18. März 1990 gingen die Mensche in der DDR frei wählen.

Am Sonntag, den 18. März 2012 wählte die Bundesversammlung einen neuen Präsidenten, Joachim Gauck. Er ist ein früherer Bürger der DDR. Er ist der oberste Bürger der Bundesrepublik geworden. Vielleicht hat sich der Kreis geschlossen. Er begann seine erste Rede nach seiner Wahl mit den Worten:

„Es ist ein schöner Sonntag!“

Es gab einen Schlager während des Krieges, „Es geht alles vorüber, es geht alles vorbei. Nach einem Dezember folgt wieder ein Mai!“

Peter refers to the March revolution in 1848 which is explained here in Wikipedia:

260 people died on Saturday, the 18th of March 1848.

On Sunday, the 18th of March 1945, there was one of the most severe air-raids that Berlin suffered during World War Two: 336 people died,  357 were injured, 226 were unaccounted for and 79785 lost there home on that day.

People of the GDR had free elections on Sunday, the 18th of March 1990.

Joachim Gauck, President of Germany (Bundespräsident), assumed office on Sunday, the 18th of March 2012.

His term of office ends today, Saturday, the 18th of March 2017,

Why War and not Peace?

30 Jan

Rangewriter wrote a very interesting blog on the following subject:

“Digging deep to understand different Viewpoints”

I made a comment to it and asked a question about drones. She gave me a very comprehensive answer on her thoughts to the subject of drones and drone warfare. I wanted to make the following comment to what Linda wrote but the comments were not published at the time. Here is what I wanted to send to Rangewriter:

Thanks very much , Linda, for your thoughts on this subject. What you say, are good explanations. It seems to me that Americans (and we, their allies) are in a constant state of war. But why, why, why?
I read in a highly praised book the following:
” . . . greater equality, socialism, participatory democracy and peace are all within our reach, but nuclear war, work camps and slavery are also possibilities . . . ”

“Ich bin hier!”

22 Jan


“Ich bin hier!” – I’m here! – Peter called out. I had just been shooting a few pictures. Camera ready, I took a snapshot of sneaky Peter. He had actually sneaked up on me. I hadn’t noticed at all that he was that close to me!

These pictures were taken during our early walk on Friday, the 20th of January 2017.