Monday, April 07, 2008
Confrontation - rarely the best way
Frequently, the first reaction when faced with behavior we do not like, whether it is in nations, corporations or individuals, is to confront. If we feel we have power, we may try to bludgeon the other into better behavior, yet we rarely consider how we would react to such pressure. While clearly it should be available as a last resort, humans tend to believe that they can force others to behave better, whether it is an occupying army, or a government which is behaving immorally. Sadly, we react badly to others who try to force us to behave differently. So unless you are prepared to invade or use extreme force, threats may well backfire.