This-essay is a7802261.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 ========================================================== %EXPRESSIONS OF CONCERN 780226 Concern for another person may be expressed objectively and/or subjectively, and may be practical and/or symbolic in character. Objective expressions of concern are relatively meaningless if they are motivated by force of habit, tradition, sense of responsibility, duty, systematic considerations, legalistic requirements, etc. Propriety and efficacy of the expressions of concern are inadequate to guarantee that the expressions meaningfully communicate concern. Objective expressions of concern which are not integral with subjective expressions of the same concern occasion meaningless behavior which may be objectively successful while leaving life empty. Subjective expressions of concern may be empty of significance if they are superficial and not integrated with practical consideration relating to objective needs; such as food, clothing, shelter, and freedom. Pious words are of little significance in the absence of practical acts of love. Practical expressions of concern may symbolize the reality of the concern in very meaningful ways. At the same time it is possible that some expressions of concern are almost purely symbolic in character---having little, if any, practicality. There are situations in which a practical response is not appropriate; what may be needed can be sympathy, empathy, understanding, listening, presence, etc. Those who are exclusively objectively/analytically/practically oriented may misinterpret a description of a frustrating situation as a request for guidance on how to respond more successfully to it in a technically proficient way---when the description is a call for sympathy. The reverse may also be true---sympathy being offered when what is desired is practical guidance and assistance in dealing technically with a problematic practical situation. Incongruity of response can occasion intensification of frustration and deepening misunderstanding. Integrity of communities and of the members of communities is promoted by expressions of concern which are congruent with need and involve integrity with respect to objectivity-subjectivity, and with respect to practicality-symbolism. Fragmentation may often be traced to the absence of such expressions of concern. (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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