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Summary: Contradictions are inherent to human existence because of inbuilt contradictions among human needs. Contradictions give rise to conflicts and in order to keep existence, conflicts demand ...

Summary: Contradictions are inherent to human existence because of inbuilt contradictions among human needs. Contradictions give rise to conflicts and in order to keep existence, conflicts demand amicable intellectual resolution. One should not be unduly worried about contradictions and conflicts one faces in the due course of life.

Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor and has written the book “Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book begins with first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explains cosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of life and evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliary concepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This is the only book which deals with origin of nature and universe from null or Zero or nothing. 37th chapter of the book deals with Philosophy of Living.
http://www.sciencengod.com
http://curatio.in

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    • Contradictions Inherent to Human ExistenceSummary: Contradictions are inherent to human existence because of inbuiltcontradictions among human needs. Contradictions give rise to conflicts and inorder to keep existence, conflicts demand amicable intellectual resolution. Oneshould not be unduly worried about contradictions and conflicts one faces in thedue course of life.We have been generally taught that food, clothing and shelter are basic humanneeds. It is generally assumed that satisfaction of these needs is all that isrequired for peaceful and happy life. This may generally be true among have notsin resource deficient environments. But among people with sufficient materialresources satisfaction of these needs is insufficient to meet their ends.All human beings besides having material and biological needs have other needsin the form of interests, sentiments and relationships. Interests generally refer to material goals and objectives of human living and maybe rooted in other human needs for example a man in need of food is interestedin getting food. Interests may also be contextual or culturally determined asgenerally accepted material entitlements. Interests may be protected by law andthen interests are known as rights. Interests may be short term interests such asneed for entertainment or long term interests such as the need to conserverelationships, carrier, business establishment, capital etc. Quite often there maybe a conflict between short term interests and long term interests.Sentiments or emotions are protective reflexes that direct action at a distanceand thus have a directive influence on human needs. For example sight of thefood you relish shall have a directive influence on your appetite and shall makeyou act to grab the food. The best case on this point is probably parental instinctleading to parental care and survival of species. Sentiments often influence ourdecisions regarding situations we want to get into or get away from and thus havea directive influence on our wants and desires. Sentiments are ephemeral incharacter, changing with changing mood, time, place etc. Sentiments may oftenbe in conflict with long term interests.
    • Relationships are incidental to human need to live in groups such as family,society, work organizations etc. We have a vast variety of relationships such asfather, mother, son, daughter, husband etc. Each and every relationship is uniquein being governed by particular rules of relationship. In any relationship rules ofthe particular relationship prevail over self-interest and therefore a relationshipdemands commitment to rules governing the particular relationship.Relationships are long term phenomena and rules governing particularrelationships generally do not vary with time and place. Emotionally wholesomeenvironment (entertainment) facilitates easy compliance with rules ofrelationship but any relationship can be satisfied only by commitment to rules ofrelationship. Therefore in a relationship, commitment prevails over sentimentsand self-interests.It is self-evident that human needs are diverse; therefore conflicts andcontradictions are liable to arise at any point in time and space within anindividual or between individuals. Short term pleasures can often be in conflictwith long term prudence and pragmatism. Short term sentiments and self-interests can often run contrary to long term relationships. The opposite can alsohappen that for the sake of long term interests, short term needs are sacrificed.But one thing is certain that conflicts and contradictions are inherent to humanexistence and an individual has to relentlessly negotiate through.Conflicts and contradictions being inherent to human condition demandsprovision for efficient conflict resolution mechanisms with sufficient resilience.We can’t sleep over conflicts or indulge in self-denial or self-deprivation. Conflictsoften demand intellectual resolution to the greatest satisfaction of variousconcerns. Bullying, hegemony, self-denial, authoritarianism, self-deprivation, etc.should be avoided for the sake of mentally healthy individuals and healthysocieties. Suppression of normal needs, wants and desires is not good for longterm health of a society. Conflict resolution is a perpetual balancing act and wehave to constantly act to keep the dynamic equilibrium, individually as well ascollectively.It demands that people adopt a life style (system of living) so that it is generallycapable of meeting their short term as well as long term needs, interests,
    • sentiments, relationships etc. Life style should be stable, progressive, welladapted to living conditions as well as adaptable to changing facts andcircumstances. The life style should be capable of meeting any destabilizinginfluences i.e. conflicts and contradictions of diverse origin. This would alsodemand sufficient resilience within the system of living. So the life style is not onlywell adapted to living conditions but is also adaptable to future conditions. In anywell organized system of living, an individual conflict or contradiction is a tinyfraction of the whole and therefore should not a cause to worry about.There is also need to design a self-perpetuating sustainable culture which cannaturally and organically take care of various human needs. It should haveefficient conflict resolution mechanisms to ensure its adaptability to variouschallenges in the face of perpetual struggle for survival. Authoritarianism,egocentricity, will to dominate; hegemony can’t have a place in a sustainableculture.Lastly individuals as well as societies should not only be adapted to conditions oftheir existence but should also be adaptable to ever changing conditions of theirexistence. The issue is not existence of inherent conflicts; rather the issue is howeffectively we deal with them. It demands a perpetual balancing act to sustain thedynamic equilibrium incidental to existence of an individual as well as any humansociety.Author: Dr Mahesh C. Jain is a practicing medical doctor and has written thebook “Encounter of Science with Philosophy – A synthetic view”. The book beginswith first chapter devoted to scientifically valid concept of God and then explainscosmic phenomena right from origin of nature and universe up to origin of lifeand evolution of man. The book includes several chapters devoted to auxiliaryconcepts and social sciences as corollaries to the concept of God. This is the onlybook which deals with origin of nature and universe from null or Zero ornothing. 37th chapter of the book deals with Philosophy of Living.http://www.sciencengod.comhttp://curatio.in