Since time immemorial, humans have always been fighting. These fights, in most cases, have always been against something. What is interesting about these fights, though, is that they just never seem to end.

The fight against terrorism, for example, has been going on forever. So many lives have perished, nations destroyed and so many people have suffered – all in the name of fighting against terrorism.

In some of these cases, the fight against what is wished to be eradicated does more damage than the cause fought against.

Especially when fighting against terrorism is done by means of terrorising others and mostly innocent men, women and children.

The same can also be said about the war against drugs and alcohol. In Namibia, for example, many youth groups fighting against drugs have been established. Workshops, campaigns, seminars have been conducted and millions of dollars have been spent in the name of this fight, yet the more these are done the more there is an increase in the use of drugs (noting that alcohol is also a drug, if not the worst).

But why? Why is it that the more one thing is fought against, the worst it becomes or continues to exist even longer? Could it be a representation of “What you resist persists?” In fact, it is most likely so. It seems to be the case with everything where humans fight against something and often the desired outcome happens after so much damage has already been done.

Some things about this are even more interesting though. When it comes to human behaviour, we seem to be attracted to things that are prohibited or told not to do. It seems humans find pleasure in resistance. This is quite observable even in young children that, for some reason, they tend to want to do the things that they are told not to do. It could be that this reflects something that is in our nature and our ignorance or failure to address it may continue to cost us dearly.