Friday, 2 September 2011

Conflict

Ha, we're ending the week with a couple of more challenging cards from the Rock'n'Roll Oracle!  Today's offering is the Conflict card, associated with the song "Us and Them" by Pink Floyd.

As David points out, there is never really an Us and a Them, and it takes two to fight.  And yet we manage to create lots of conflict, not just with others, but even with ourselves.  Still, I think drawing this card would always remind me to see the funny side of this tendency.  At first glance, the image looks like a pirate tadpole armed with a sword to me!

Seriously, I think the image is perfectly chosen to illustrate this concept: how could the two sides of the yin-yang symbol take up swords against each other, as they are part of a single whole?  We are ultimately all connected, and so to hate another is, in part, to hate ourselves.  Which we're very good at (see yesterday's Shadow Side card), but that doesn't make it any the less pointless.  Negative thoughts about someone else hurt us at least as much as they hurt the other, so let's try to cultivate loving compassion.  And heartfelt laughter is a good place to start.

I am grateful to be able to see the funny side of conflict.

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