I'm sure you've all noticed we keep having this big conflict on raddle between green anarchists and transhumanist anarchists.
I think it's mostly a cultural clash stemming from the two sides living diametrically opposing lifestyles.
A lot of people in urban areas live disconnected from nature (please don't take this as an insult) and look to technology to escape from the desperation they feel under capitalism. Technology is their only refuge from the dehumanizing decay they sense around them. Sometimes, it's the only method they have to connect with other humans.
And the other set of people have rejected the concrete jungle lifestyle and tend to have pretty violent reactions to industrialism and the exploitation of nature. Or to any ideas that would bulldoze, drill into and pave over the natural ecosystems they depend on to survive.
They feel these ideas would displace more people from natural environments, send them to cities, and create more need for everyone to hook themselves up to machines to get relief as we struggle to compete over the dwindling resources and space in cramped cities and suburbs.
While transhumanism largely aims to further opportunities for humans to blend their minds and bodies with artificial industrial constructs as a means to liberate themselves, green anarchism struggles against industry's encroachment on life and the push for a global industrialized civilization. It's honestly a match made in hell.
Some other frequent conflicts in radical circles: Vegans vs omnis, white privilege vs those that try to expose it, class reductionists vs holists, collectivists vs individualists, authoritarians vs libertarians.
So my question is - does conflict trigger growth?
I'm a big believer in the idea that humans require a jolt to the senses in order to affect change within them. For example, loss is always a big vector for change. When you lose a loved one, your job, your health, etc, it forces you to stop walking in a safe, straight line. Often it results in you taking a completely different path than you would have - had you not experienced the loss. (Watch the movie 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' if you want to see a good example of this idea - healing and growth coming about via loss.)
But can conflict create the same vector for growth? Can people with conflicting ideas of what it means to be free - sometimes even ideas that can't really co-exist in the same space, be jolted into changing the trajectory of their lives?