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This-essay is a7604061.htm which is available at the web-site 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 ========================================================== %FIVE CULTURES-1 760406 This was the first of a series of closely related and significant essays which are available at the following 4 locations: a7604061.htm and a7607261.htm and a7702172.htm and a7812151.htm. Upon looking up the fertile valley, we see steep cliffs rising on both right and left. The few friendly natives who are at home in the valley would welcome those who live on the barren plateaus above the cliff-of- objectivity on the right, and the cliff-of-subjectivity on the left. The technocrats on the objective-plateau disdain both the valley-people and humanists for the importance they place upon subjectivity. Humanists on the subjective- plateau disdain both the valley-people and technocrats for the importance they place upon objectivity. Thus, the different cultures remain separated because of indifference and/or exclusive importance placed upon complementary values. Plateau-people assign exclusive value to their respective excellence, and excommunicate those who do not compulsively value the proper excellence within their own collusion. Those who are excommunicated fear to descend into the valley, because their own culture has not shown them how to take that kind of risk. Thus, excommunicants look across the valley and copy the overt behavior of those they see, without sharing in their life. The valley, which would be the natural meeting place for them, continues to separate them---because of the fear of the unknown which each might encounter there. For this reason the fertile valley remains sparsely populated with the fifth culture, which might help unite the majority and minority cultures of both the objective-plateau and the subjective plateau. Each of the plateau-cultures is aware of only two cultures on their own plateau, regarding the valley-culture and the opposite-plateau-cultures as like the excommunicants within their own culture. Only the valley people know that there are five cultures. They value both subjectivity and objectivity in balanced ways. But even more they value a profound dedication-to-openness and the free-flow of objective and subjective perceptions. Valley-people regularly visit the plateaus, and when there they appear there as local excommunicants. Back in the valley they share all perceptions acquired on such visits, and so strengthen their mutual understanding and culture. All plateau-people are relatively unaware of and/or indifferent to the valley-people. Valley-people are generally regarded by people on the two high plateaus as beneath their high levels of excellence. It would be too risky to descend the cliff to visit valley people where they are at home. Thus, sin abounds. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================
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