Conflict Can Be Instructive: When we embrace conflict instead of fearing and dodging it, when we apply what we know about power and communication, mediation and transformation, when we approach our disagreements in the spirit of learning and compassion, then our conflicts can actually strengthen our group. When we can wrestle with competing ideas and values and retain our love and respect for one another, we grow stronger and deepen our trust. When we assure due process and, fairness and confront wrongdoing in the spirit of reconciliation and restoration, we can learn and grow from even the worst blows to community. As we become more skillful at resolving our internal disputes, we can strengthen our effectiveness in confronting the wrongs of the larger society and modeling more just and compassionate ways of beings.
|—||Starhawk, The Empowerment Manual|