Conflict is everywhere... Few observations could be more banal. It's been said that life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it. I think aikido preaches this too.
We see people fighting for so much in the world right now. Killing eachother. Wars start over simple conflict and different thoughts.
Aikido is a way to respond to conflict peacefully. Example: If someone attacks you, you don't slug them in the face and knock their teeth out, that just makes everyone unhappy. Rather, you show them your forgiveness and compassion by simply stepping aside and giving a simple pin or nudge into a throw.
Aikido is peace, love, compassion, loyalty, forgiveness, empathy. All these things. O sensei said we could use it to create our own heaven on earth. Which I truly believe in.