Conflict is more likely to occur when reality does not meet our expectations
As the expectations of individuals differ between societies, cultures and religions, the clash between those of whom realities are met and those of who are not, are likely to generate conflict. Society is made up with different people, from different backgrounds, with differing expectations; therefore, it is impossible for reality to reach the expectations of all. The collision between the expectations of those within society is what makes conflict inevitable.
On the 15th of August 1998, the Real IRA, a splinter group of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, built, planted and detonated a car bomb in the marketplace of Omagh, Northern Ireland. The bomb was detonated in order to halt the Good Friday accords and peace process. British Prime Minister Tony Blair described the atrocity as an attack of “appalling savagery and evil.” The bomb killed 29 people and injured over 200 others, with among the dead Catholics, Protestants, Mormons and other various religions.
When our expectations of reality fail to be met, this generates the internal conflict in confronting reality. In Peter Travis’ film Omagh, the softly spoken, Michael Gallagher is overcome with grief and experiences internal conflict after losing his son Aiden. When firstly hearing about the bombing, Michael Gallagher sets off to find Aiden, assuring he and the rest of the family that Aiden will be somewhere helping the injured. Michael Gallagher repeatedly and pitifully insists that Aiden “must be helping”, but when this expectation is not met, the Gallagher family is then left to respond in their own ways, which become a source of conflict between Michael and the rest of the family.
Furthermore, the differing expectations of those of not only individuals, but of groups, create conflict through the discrepancies, which erupt from the disparate outlook on society. As Sinn Fein and the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA)...