This-essay is a7911221.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 ========================================================== %DEFINING A PROBLEM RIGHTS 791122 Jack has a problem. Who knows what Jack's problem is? Jack feels that the problem is that Jill is not properly conforming to legitimate expectations. Jill feels that Jack's problem is that he is insecure and threatened by her freedom, and so he violates her freedom. Jack and Jill have the problem of clearly defining their problem in mutually understood ways. They may do injustices to each other so long as they use coercion to impose their unilateral perceptions of the nature of the problem upon each other. Their unilateral efforts will only aggravate their problem, not solve it. The solution to a problem is born in the formulation of the statement of the problem. Thus, priorities are set by decisions which determine who gets to define problems and by how they define problems. Who owns a problem depends upon how the problem is articulated. Thus responsibilities for problems may be placed with Jack or Jill, depending upon how the problem is defined. Jack expects Jill to be home taking care of the house. That is her responsibility. His responsibility is to earn money. Jack does not believe it is proper for Jill to be out associating with other men when he is not with her. Jack's family agrees with him, and so do Jill's family. They all believe in traditional morality and social values. They say that the problem is that Jill has been corrupted by modern ideas about women's rights. They feel that Jill is unreasonable in wanting to have a job, her own income, and male friends. Jill feels that Jack has a problem of emotional insecurity and possessiveness. She and her feminist friends see Jack as a man who expects to own her and control her as a piece of property. Jill loves Jack too much to let him imprison himself in such a possessive relationship which is devoid of mutual respect. Jill feels Jack has the responsibility to examine the insights of feminists without prejudice. Jack and Jill's families have taken the position that feminists' literature is the work of communists and should not be permitted in libraries, nor in book stores. They fear that it will destroy the family. Jill is a menace to the future of the family and so a threat to society. Jill is the problem! (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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