Conflicts are something that has plagued humans for a long time. History’s many wars and discords are considered to be responsible for many of the problems plaguing the world today. The most depressing moments of humanity however, offer one concession. Much of today’s scientific, social and economic advancements stem from these conflicts.

The Cold War for example, fought over a period of forty four long years lead to both the capitalist and the socialist world trying to improve quality of life for their citizens in order spread their ideology. Though capitalism emerged the victor of this long protracted conflict – creating jobs and growth, citizens are kept happy and fed due to socialism.

Debatably conflicts are most productive in the world of science. Many laboratories around the world compete with each other in the race to produce new medicine, elements and materials.

On a more personal scale, personal rivalries between scientists and mathematicians lead to the most interesting and useful results being discovered. Take for instance the conflict between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz. Their fierce personal rivalry lead to the development of a branch of math now known as calculus. The three way conflict between George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Alva Edison is responsible for the growing role of electricity in our everyday lives.

That today’s politicians and organizations claim victory over polio is testament to the personal conflict between Jonas Salk and Albert Sabin who discovered the injectable and oral vaccine for polio.

Thus having fierce competition brings out the best in people and helps improve knowledge and quality of life.