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This-essay is a7607261.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-3 760726 This was the 2nd 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 north, up a fertile valley, we see steep over-hanging cliffs on the right and left. The few natives would unconditionally welcome those who live on the plateaus above the right cliff-of-objectivity, and above the left cliff-of-subjectivity. The technically oriented citizens on the objective-plateau disdain the valley-people and the subjective-plateau citizens for the importance they place upon holistic subjectivity. The technically oriented citizens on the subjective-plateau disdain the valley-people and the objective-plateau citizens for the importance they place upon analytic objectivity. The technically oriented citizens remain alienated 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 the intellectual/emotional fear of the unknown catastrophe which might be encountered in going there. The valley remains sparsely populated by a joyful fifth-culture 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 technical 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 role. They value most 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 technically oriented plateau-people who cultivate the trees of the knowledge of good and evil. The valley-people eagerly share all perceptions to deepen their mutual understanding and to strengthen their culture. Their love abounds, uniting unlike people. 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 cliffs to visit them. Thus, alienation and violence feed each other, and sin abounds. Technical efforts to reduce sin naturally prove tragically counter-productive. The valley-people are present as excommunicants, willing and able to help; but they are neither recognized nor welcome. They meekly wait to help make peace. The situation will not change until the technically oriented plateau-people recognize the tragic futility of their ultimate concern with only objectivity or subjectivity. Their technical definitions of good and evil create the symbiosis between alienation and violence. Until they feel secure in letting go of those definitions they cannot risk a descent 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 technically oriented 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. Their salvation is not through improved techniques and resource utilization, but through increases in mutual awareness and mutual understanding with the few valley-people. Only then will dialogue be possible between the technically and the non-technically oriented citizens regarding the way to the humane techniques in coping with public needs. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================
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