As a person moves through life, they are expected to become more and more ‘certain,’ to operate with increased decisiveness, to cultivate an existence that minimizes confrontation and emphasizes peace.
People grow to shun conflict, internal and external. But this is the surest path to monotony and conformity.
There is a simple cure, however: we must become shamelessly conflicted.
Conflict does not have to result in paralysis; its energy can be harnessed and put to use. It is the very source of newness, and the foundation of discourse.
Relish each contradictory impulse within yourself, and every clash you encounter with another - for these are moments of productivity and creation.” —032C