This-essay is a7710241.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 ========================================================== %DISAVOWING EXCOMMUNICATION 771024 There are many instances in which meaningful excommunication is impossible until participants in pseudo-communication explicitly disavow excommunication. As long as participants in conversation fear that the other may resort to excommunication, so long will they fear to communicate openly and honestly with each other. They will play games with each other including collusive games of mutual self deception. Collusive games of mutual self deception may be motivated by a cultural context which encourages excommunication--even though participants in the games have not explicitly threatened to excommunicate each other. The threat is an essential part of the cultural context, quite apart from any explicit intent or consciousness on the part of individual members of the culture. The culture is not just the sum of individual intents and perceptions, it is more. Thus for individuals to transcend the debilitating aspects of their culture, they must transcend more then their individual misleading orientations. For open communication to be possible not only must they transcend the excommunicative cultural tendencies/orientations; they must communicate their transcendence to whomever they wish to engage in honest meaningful dialogue---and thus disavow excommunication as a respectable manipulative technique. To disavow excommunication is to affirm unconditional acceptance of another person. This can be very costly, and lead to much suffering. Such disavowal thus involves great risk---with uncertain advantages to the person seeking to such a disavowal. Within an excommunicative society the members are likely to ask themselves "What is in it for me?" According to technocratic computations of profit and competitive goal-achievement---there is not likely to be much gain for an individual in disavowing excommunication. Thus individuals are likely to behave in common in taking advantage of the gains to individuals found in excommunicative techniques---just as farmers took advantage of the common pasture to their individual gain, and to the loss of the community as a whole. Just as there is a risk of The Tragedy of the Commons, so also there is the common risk of The Tragedy of Excommunication. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.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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