This-essay is a7310101.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %INTENTIONALITY 731010 Some individuals have clear intentions, even though the natural consequences of their actions are not the fulfillment of their intentions. Inappropriate self- images and confused conceptions of the nature of reality, and of others---can lead to intentions and actions which lack integrity. Much has been said about such failures of individuals to accomplish what they intend. Let us consider now another aspect of intentionality. Some individuals have no clear intentions. They are like a fluffy down blown by the wind. Where they go, what they do and what they think---are unambiguous indications of the conditions about them. They may be used as meters to measure the attitudes and interests of their associates, as in opinion polls. If they are surrounded by absurd thoughts, ideas, and feelings; they merely reflect them---rather than consider them. They are living in the world of cause and effect, and illustrate it well by the way they cease to live. Having no intentionality, they drift in the winds of un-ordered change. There are a few individuals who have clear intentions, and have a clear understanding of the natural consequences of most of the possible actions which they might initiate to fulfill their intentions. They can meaning, and can fully make value judgements regarding possible decisions and actions. They set priorities in a meaningful way. They can make mistakes and learn from them within their community. They do not merely reflect the conditions about them, but with consideration seek to humanize conditions---because of their dedication to openness and to helping others. Profound intentionality cannot be trained into people through any well planned program, it is not the effect of any identifiable cause. It can not be manipulated through techniques. No amount of scientific understanding will bring it under full control with integrity---so as to maintain standard behavior and preserve the status quo which is valued by those with power. Because of the essential uncertainties which characterize the nature of reality, real intentionality and creativity will always be beyond full control. (c) 1999 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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