This-essay is a7812202.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 ========================================================== %UNRECOGNIZED DIFFERENCES 781220 Unrecognized differences are the source of much misunderstanding. There are unrecognized differences in people, ethical/moral situations, and word meanings which occasion much trouble. We often take for granted that others are like us, because it is inconceivable to us that anybody could be different in certain very basic ways. We fail to recognize important differences in ethical/moral situations and expect/demand behavior appropriate to situation "A" which appears to us the same as the present situation "B"; yet "B" is fundamentally different from "A" in ways which we do not recognize. We use words which seem unambiguous to us in terms of our experience, yet they connote different meanings which are also unambiguous to others with different experiences than we had. When we are experiencing protracted difficulties it may be helpful to seek to recognize previously unrecognized differences. Often it is unwise to accentuate differences. It is also unwise to fail to seek to recognize previously unrecognized differences which are occasioning misunderstanding, conflict, and possibly violence. To search for unrecognized differences we must engage in intimate dialogue regarding those circumstances which are associated with misunderstanding, disagreement, conflict, and violence. These are the circumstances in which it is most difficult to discover the unrecognized differences. This double blind emphasizes the importance of a dedication to openness and love. When ideals, principles, and strivings for perfection get in the way of listening and dialogue we tend to misunderstand each other and generate needless conflict and violence. Thus high levels of commitments to ideals, principles, and perfection will not help us recognize our as yet unrecognized differences. Trying harder to "be good" will not help. We need each other's help to recognize our fundamental differences. We must seek to recognize our fundamental differences in contexts where differences are expected, accepted, and respected; otherwise we will tend to hide them and not recognize them. (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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