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This-essay is a7605111.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-2 760511 This was the 2nd of a series of closely related and significant essays which are available at the following 4 locations: a7604061.htm a7605111.htm and a7607261.htm and a7702172.htm and a7702172.htm. Upon looking north, up a fertile valley, we see steep overhanging cliffs on the right and left. The few natives would unconditionally welcome those who live on the dry plateaus above the right cliff-of-objectivity, and above the left cliff-of-subjectivity. The technocrats on the objective plateau disdain the valley-people and the humanists for the importance they place upon holistic subjectivity. The humanists on the subjective-plateau disdain the valley-people and the technocrats for the importance they place upon analytic objectivity. They remain alienated from each other because of the exclusive importance they place upon complementary values. The plateau-people assign exclusive value to their respective excellence, and excommunicate those who do not compulsively value the excellence of their home collusion. The excommunicants fear descent into the valley of the shadow of death, because their culture has not by example shown how to take such risks. Thus, excommunicants look across the unknown valley and try to copy the overt behavior of those they see, without intimately sharing in their life. The valley, which is the natural meeting place, continues to separate them---because of intellectual/emotional fear of the unknown catastrophe which might be encountered in going there. The valley remains sparsely populated by a joyful fifth-culture which is always ready to help unite the two cultures of each of the two plateaus. Each of the four plateau-cultures sees two cultures, because the valley-culture and the dominant culture on the opposite plateau appear like the excommunicants within their own culture. The valley-people know the five cultures. They value subjectivity and objectivity situationally, granting neither a dominant and/or exclusive role. They most value their dedication-to-openness with the resultant free-flow of objective/subjective perceptions. Valley-people visit the plateaus as suffering servants, and appear there as excommunicants. They travel the gentle slopes of ambiguity and vulnerability which are taboo to the plateau- people who cultivate their trees of the knowledge of good and evil. The valley-people eagerly share all their perceptions to deepen their mutual understanding and to strengthen their culture. Their love abounds. Plateau-people are relatively unaware of and/or indifferent to the valley-people, whom they regard as unsophisticated. It would be risky treason to descend the cliff to visit then. Thus, alienation and violence feed each other, and sin abounds. Systematic efforts to reduce sin naturally prove tragically counter-productive. The valley-people are always present as excommunicants, willing and able to help. The situation will not change until the plateau- people recognize the tragic futility of their ultimate concern with only objectivity or only subjectivity. Their definitions of good and evil create the symbiosis between alienation and violence. Until they feel secure in letting go of those definitions, they cannot descend into the valley of the shadow of death where love abounds. On the plateaus they are not free to communicate all their perceptions, and so cannot cope effectively. The plateau- people are trapped in a can't-win situation. They cannot know the nature of their situation because it blocks communication regarding its nature. Only as they come to intimately know members of the valley-culture will they become free. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================
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