Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Conflicting Conflicts

What sort of conflict is worse to endure?: man vs. man, man vs. nature, or man vs. self? Do you have to be a stronger person to deal with one type of conflict or the other? Make sure you justify your response and elaborate; remember, a sentence is not a response.

30 Comments:

Blogger lauren c said...

i think that man vs. man would be worse becasue a human being has thoughts and opinions to fight back or hurt you. man vs. man could be very fatal

like wars

are man vs. man and thats the worst thing is to have war

12:31 PM  
Blogger Quinlan M said...

I think that man vs. himself is the hardest. when it is yourself and another side of you competing for dominance then you have to choose one. You do have to be a stronger person to deal with man vs. self. When you are battling with yourself you know that your decision will affect other things around you. where as if you are battling with another human or nature all you have to do is physically get through the obstacles. If it is man vs. self then the battle is internal and there is no winner, because the decision you make will have upsides, and downsides.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Bri R said...

I think man vs. self is pretty bad, because the mind is a very tricky thing. I kind of think that may be why so many people commit suicide, or hurt themselves. Every decision you make affects the world around you. It is like the saying, “You are your own worst enemy.” Self-confidence plays a big part, and everyone influences it. It also depends on what kind of person they are, how people personally perceive things, and their personality. Especially human subconscious, it is almost unreachable unless you are asleep. It is almost as if there is a whole other person hiding inside your mind and when you dream that person is alive. It is actually a very scary concept. People who are bi-polar or have multiple personality disorder are kind of an example of what I am talking about. If someone has had a bad childhood or suffered a terrifying experience, they are going to be very different personality and self-confidence wise, compared to someone who had a typical, normal up-bringing. So basically it’s kind of a battle with yourself and somebody has to win, like Quinlan said, you’re competing with yourself. If it’s was man vs. nature or man vs. man, all you need is great physical strength to over come the challenges. You must be stronger mentally and physically when the situation is man vs. self, because it constantly affects your strength in both those areas.

4:16 PM  
Blogger NickZ said...

I think that man vs. self is the most difficult. It also uses a lot of strength. It is very tough to overcome the temptations in this life. Like temptations to steal or hurt. This temptation also affects us physically such as smoking and obesity. And that takes self-discipline. The discipline to watch the food they eat or minimize the cigarette’s otherwise we would be fat or dead.
As bri said, “self-confidence plays a big part.” All those sayings like, “you’re your own worst critic” and “you’re your own worst enemy” are true. People are harder on themselves more than other people probably think. After that they beat themselves up for nothing.
It is also very difficult to believe in yourself some times. Especially the depressed crowd, or the ones with multiple personalities. At that time it’s a full on war with yourself.
Man vs. man and man vs. nature are still hard, but hardly come close to man vs. self.

5:12 PM  
Blogger jake w said...

I think that the worst conflict to endure is man vs. self because the conflict is yours and yours only, with a man vs. man, or man vs. nature, there are others that can help, and give suggestions, but a man vs. self conflict is only something that that person can deal with. Also, the world, especially the U.S., has had several man vs. man conflicts, such as war, and also man vs. nature conflicts, such as hurricane Katrina, that have been dealt with, but you don’t hear or learn about a conflict that someone had with themselves as often.

5:12 PM  
Blogger NickZ said...

I think that man vs. self is the most difficult. It also uses a lot of strength. It is very tough to overcome the temptations in this life. Like temptations to steal or hurt. This temptation also affects us physically such as smoking and obesity. And that takes self-discipline. The discipline to watch the food they eat or minimize the cigarette’s otherwise we would be fat or dead.
As bri said, “self-confidence plays a big part.” All those sayings like, “you’re your own worst critic” and “you’re your own worst enemy” are true. People are harder on themselves more than other people probably think. After that they beat themselves up for nothing.
It is also very difficult to believe in yourself some times. Especially the depressed crowd, or the ones with multiple personalities. At that time it’s a full on war with yourself.
Man vs. man and man vs. nature are still hard, but hardly come close to man vs. self.

5:12 PM  
Blogger NickZ said...

I think that man vs. self is the most difficult. It also uses a lot of strength. It is very tough to overcome the temptations in this life. Like temptations to steal or hurt. This temptation also affects us physically such as smoking and obesity. And that takes self-discipline. The discipline to watch the food they eat or minimize the cigarette’s otherwise we would be fat or dead.
As bri said, “self-confidence plays a big part.” All those sayings like, “you’re your own worst critic” and “you’re your own worst enemy” are true. People are harder on themselves more than other people probably think. After that they beat themselves up for nothing.
It is also very difficult to believe in yourself some times. Especially the depressed crowd, or the ones with multiple personalities. At that time it’s a full on war with yourself.
Man vs. man and man vs. nature are still hard, but hardly come close to man vs. self.

5:13 PM  
Blogger NickZ said...

I think that man vs. self is the most difficult. It also uses a lot of strength. It is very tough to overcome the temptations in this life. Like temptations to steal or hurt. This temptation also affects us physically such as smoking and obesity. And that takes self-discipline. The discipline to watch the food they eat or minimize the cigarette’s otherwise we would be fat or dead.
As bri said, “self-confidence plays a big part.” All those sayings like, “you’re your own worst critic” and “you’re your own worst enemy” are true. People are harder on themselves more than other people probably think. After that they beat themselves up for nothing.
It is also very difficult to believe in yourself some times. Especially the depressed crowd, or the ones with multiple personalities. At that time it’s a full on war with yourself.
Man vs. man and man vs. nature are still hard, but hardly come close to man vs. self.

5:13 PM  
Blogger NickZ said...

I think that man vs. self is the most difficult. It also uses a lot of strength. It is very tough to overcome the temptations in this life. Like temptations to steal or hurt. This temptation also affects us physically such as smoking and obesity. And that takes self-discipline. The discipline to watch the food they eat or minimize the cigarette’s otherwise we would be fat or dead.
As bri said, “self-confidence plays a big part.” All those sayings like, “you’re your own worst critic” and “you’re your own worst enemy” are true. People are harder on themselves more than other people probably think. After that they beat themselves up for nothing.
It is also very difficult to believe in yourself some times. Especially the depressed crowd, or the ones with multiple personalities. At that time it’s a full on war with yourself.
Man vs. man and man vs. nature are still hard, but hardly come close to man vs. self.

5:13 PM  
Blogger Courtney W. said...

I believe that man vs. self is the worst kind of conflict to endure, because listening to your head and/or your gut feeling is a difficult thing to do. I think that you do have to be a strong person to deal with this kind of conflict. I believe that you have to be strong-minded to deal with this. If you aren't strong minded, like Quinlan said, the final decision will affect things around you. Sometimes listening to your head is the better choice, and other times, listening to your gut is better.

5:25 PM  
Blogger matt m. said...

I think man vs. self is the hardest to endure. Like Bri said, its like you being your own worst enemy. You can't escape your own thoughts and feelings. Its like the conflict is following you around wherever you go, and it won't stop until its resolved. This can be extremely hard to endure, because if you are angry or mad or disagree with yourself, it follows you around wherever you go.

5:44 PM  
Blogger Brandon K said...

I think that man vs. nature is the hardest one becuase it most often tied in with the other two conflicts. For instance, when a man is stranded alone on an island or a forest or something of that nature (haha get it? no? okay thats cool...) then he has to not only deal with the elements themselves but the idea of being alone all the time can weigh heavily on ones sanity. (castaway is a great example because he starts talking to a volleyball...if that's not the sanity being weighed on then i don't know what is...)
Also, on the other hand, men (and women, i suppose) can quite often be pitted against each other when stranded together. I dunno if it's like an alpha male thing or what but it happens.
So in conclusion (danget, i wrote a lot again...woops) Man vs. nature is the worst conflict. you definitely have to be a stronger person physically and mentally to endure nature and the elements and yourself/ the other stranded-ee, so that's uber duber hard anyway. toss in a hurricane here, maybe a bear or mountain lion there, that's some difficult junk.

6:16 PM  
Blogger mitch w said...

I believe the worst conflict to endure is man vs. nature. I believe this because of the fact that nature is something that can not be controlled. You can control emotions and actions of yourself and other man but not nature. The effects of nature are irreversible and cannot be diverted. A person must just wait patiently and take the blow it gives. I believe you must be stronger to deal with this type of conflict also. If you look at the victims from hurricane Katrina they had to be extremely strong to get through the trauma the endured. And although they moved on they had to be very strong to get through it.

6:22 PM  
Blogger Brett-R said...

In my opinion, man vs. self is the worst. It is someone who is fighting with him or herself, but cannot tell people about it. No one can really understand another person's mind. You have to be much stronger to be against one's self so that person doesn't just break down.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Davidisman said...

I think man vs. self is worse because if I do something wrong then I am always battling myself and asking why I did it. When I am in class there is always a part of me that wants to listen and get
good grades but there is also a part of me that wants to be lazy and talk to a friend. I find it very hard to listen in class when I have distractions.
I don't think that you have to be strong to deal with man vs. self because it is easy to transition
from talking to settling down and listening.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Abby E. said...

I think that the worse conflict to endure is man vs. self because people are often hardest on themselves. I am hard on myself and i tend to second guess or doubt my decisions. I think all people do this and that is why man vs. self is so difficult to endure. Instead of physically conflicting or competing with another man or nature, it is an inner battle within yourself that you must overcome.

6:46 PM  
Blogger casey o said...

Man verse nature is definitely the hardest to endure. I say this because when enduring nature you never know what might happen, you have to be prepared for anything. You could think a day backpacking is on a nice trail, but it could be difficult, anything can happen. Yes you do have to be stronger to endure these obstacles. You need to be physically stronger and aware to endure nature. You have to be mentally stronger do endure yourself, people could be saying things to you that bother you, it takes mental strength to have the words go in one ear and out the other. Man verse man is a combination of physical strength and mental strength. You have to be physically ready and mentally ready to let your mind and your body know. If you believe in yourself you can do anything.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Amy w. said...

I think the man vs. self would have to be the hardest to endure beacause no matter what you do there isn't something to fix the conflict. When its man vs. man you can just deal with it by something like war ( not my favorite choice.) or you can deal with it and figure something out you dont have to be around or deal with that person. Man vs. self is also the worst to me because its something we all deal with just to a lesser extent, imagine that feeling that your not "cool" enough or whatever but magnified. It would be no fun.

7:29 PM  
Blogger ashlie t. said...

I think that man vs. self is probably the hardest to undure because you know your own biggest weaknesses.You can drive youself mad and no one can gelp you becuase no one else can understand it.Man vs. man I think is really hard to deal with too,becuase you have no idea what's coming.Sometimes people can say things to you that can be just plain brutal,and physically, man vs. man can be a devistation too.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Rachel S. said...

I believe that man vs. self is the worst because; you struggle with yourself more than anyone else. You tear yourself down by what you think and see from other people, and the little voices in your head tell you that you should be like another person. Also, if you regret something you have done in the past, then you can’t forget it and you try to tell yourself to forget about it but you never can.
I agree with Brett. He says that you never know what is in a persons mind and it is hard to open up your feelings because you are scared. We need to overcome those things and defeat ourselves.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Aaron M said...

I think man vs. self would definetly be worse between the two. Man vs. self, determines how strong you are by yourself. If you were dealing with man vs. man, or man vs. nature. You would have conflictation with a person, or thing. And would be able to come to some sort of agreement, or work threw whatever. But man vs. self, tests you and as well test our mantal stability.Which could be the reason people inflict self pain or commit suicide.You have to be emotionally and mentaly stronger to endure man vs. self.

8:05 PM  
Blogger Kiersten P said...

Man vs. self would deffinately be condsidered the worst to endure in my opinion because i think that most of the problems we face as individuals today consist with ourselves. We constantly are frowning at ourselves because we dont look like movie stars or have million dollar houses. If we constantly degrate ourselves as individuals we are going to have many obstacles to face in the future. Dealing with man vs. self would probably be harder then facing man vs nature or man. If you get into an argument with someone you can easily settle the problem by not talking to them. If you get in a situation where the weather ruins your home ect.. you can easily move away. However, if you are having troubles with how you feel about yourself or the ways others view you, its going to be alot harder to overcome that self issue.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Ashleigh H. said...

I think that man vs. nature is the worst sort of conflict because man itself cannot control a natural disaster by discussing why tering up a home is not nessicary. When Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, President Bush didn't evacuate people before this happened but it's the same thing as man vs. nature; he couldn't control what happened. If someone was stranded in the middle of the desert, he/she would have to endure the environment and it's changes. It would be harder to control the nature then someone yelling at you (man vs. man). If I was stranded on an Island, i wouldn't have anyone to have a conflict with. The nature would control everything and I wouldn't be able to talk to it and ask for a perfect day, i would have to deal with it. If it was man vs. man it would be a little easier I think to sort out by negotiating but not man vs. nature; it has difficult things to deal with.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Justin J. said...

The type of conflict that i think is worse for me personaly is man vs. man. Having hardcore self conflict is always tauph no matter what. having to deal with your emotional problems and ect. is always something difficult.

This is from your best and coolest friend ever...Mr.Jones

8:52 PM  
Blogger Justin J. said...

The type of conflict that I think is harsh is man vs. himself. It is difficult to overcome emotional or other crusal problems with ones self. And I also agree with lauren, man vs. man can be dangereous, it could lead to war and other vicious situations like that.

8:57 PM  
Blogger KYLES said...

I think that man versus nature would be the hardest. Even though another person has toughts and emotions, and battling yourself wolud be hard, battling againts nature would be the hardest because nature is unmoving, has no sympathy, and does not think. When fighting another man you might have the stronger will. When battling your self you will eventually crack and go insane. But when you take on nature you can you can destroy it, reconstruct it, or whatever but it will just simle and keep on coming.

9:19 PM  
Blogger TiffanyV said...

Man vs. self is the worst to endure because it’s the struggle you face day and night. Man vs. man you face them but you don’t face them all the time, they return to where they live. Your self is always on your mind day and night, it doesn’t go home. Man vs. nature can always calm down. Like a hurricane will never last forever but something that is really on your mind might never go away, like guilt which is dealing with your self day and night.

9:23 PM  
Blogger Trent W said...

Man versus it's self maybe the worst one can suffer. As it was once said by Abraham Lincoln concering the civil war,"a house divided against it's self can not stand." That's hold true throughout history it's destruction to it's self. Even if a man is trying to get rid of a feature or mental characterisic of himself, man destroys himself in the process as he is worst off than he already was and is to come. Think about it like a man with multiple personalities that conflict each other that's a horrible sight to watch. Man should keep himself the way he is other wise he'll take himself down in the process doing the opposite of what he had hoped and planned for. Then his close friends and family collapse because of the terror of watching someone they knew tear themselves to sheds with no help but his own. Can you imagine it, i sure hope it never happens; yet it frequently does to so many even if they don't know it. Mental maybe the worst, his or her thoughts never were as they knew them, then again physical can be bad too their appearance completely changing because they conflicted themselves for some odd reason, they hated their body and their mind and themselves.

9:43 PM  
Blogger La-Rue A. said...

In my opinion man vs. self is the hardest conflict to deal with. This conflict is set up as an even match of ones opposite. Like in "The Matrix" one part of someone can not sustain stable homeostasis.(In lay mans terms yin can't live without yang.)One challenging ones self on the inside can result in much pain and agony. This conflict is the toughest on the emotional level of a person. The other just phsically expand the tension of ones body and builds the behavior one might have in that particular situation. Man vs. self isn't just a war, it is a war in ones body and he must stand alone. No one but the person against himself/herself can detemines the winner or continues to tell themselves lies of conquest. That is why man vs. self is the most dangerous, harmful, and mind cunsuming.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Ian H said...

I think that man vs. man would be the hardest to endure. Your opponent may be stronger than you or smarter than you, so it could be difficult to defeat him. (we are talking about battle, right?)But if you're fighting nature (I assume you mean animals), then they're probably stronger than you, but you're smarter. Just pick up a stick and point it at the animal, then he can't lunge at you unless it wants to risk getting blind. At that point, you could just bang on its head while it's wondering what to do.

7:09 AM  

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