This-essay is a7905041.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 ========================================================== %CONFORMING TO ABSENT AFFIRMATIONS+790504 %PROPHET LEAD COLLUSION IGNORE INACTION 790504 Conformists in a conformists society follow the lead of people whom they perceive to have power, the respected traditionalists who are following each other's lead in maintaining traditions. Everybody follows what "they" are doing and nobody knows exactly who "they" are who set the pattern. Enter the prophet who is a non-conformist in a creative way. The prophet will not affirm all the traditions of the conformist society---and will take initiatives. If the powerful leaders of the conformist make the effort to ignore the prophet, their conformist followers will get the message that it is worth the effort to ignore the prophet, and that in fact it would be hard to attend to the prophet. Since inaction takes less effort than action, it is by collusion clear that inaction with respect to the prophet is easier than action with respect to the prophet. From another perspective the inaction is made possible by difficult repressions motivated by the collusions and threats of excommunication. The inaction with respect to the prophet is threats of excommunication. The inaction with respect to the prophet is thus not easy, and may be more difficult than attending to and responding to the prophet. Conformists copy not only action, but inaction. Conformists take their cue from what their leaders do-not- do as much as from what their leaders do. Inaction in situations which obviously call for action is a very significant form of action. Conformists copy such significant forms of action and fear to step out of line and take action which respected leaders have not yet taken. To do what is obviously called for before the leaders of a conformist society have taken such action--- is to step out of line and to assume the role of prophet-- -and accept the risks of excommunication which are the lot of the prophet. Only slowly do the conformist leaders follow the lead of the prophets who do not follow them thoughtlessly. The conformist leaders fear to lead. Instead they tend to follow each other and in so doing they lead each other and yet others to be conformists who ignore prophets who reveal new being possibilities which shake the foundations of conformity. (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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