This-essay is a8509221.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 ========================================================== %COHERENT COMMUNITY CONSTRUCTION IDEALS 850922 A coherent construction will survive longer than will an incoherent one. A coherent construction holds together because the elements of the construction are related to each other in cohering ways, in ways consistent with the nature of the elements and their possible inter- relationships. They cohere, hold together. Because they hold together the construction is stable, has integrity. A community is a coherent construction if its members are held together by a coherent set of ideas, ideals and personal relationships. The integrity of a community flows from the coherence of its ideas, ideals and personal relationships of interdependence among its members. Some "communities" are incoherent constructions and will not survive long because their ideas, ideals and members are held "together" in artificial ways which are inconsistent with the elemental natures of those ideas, ideals and members. There was coercion in the process of construction. In the absence of continued coercion there is disintegration because the construction lacks integrity. In the presence of continued coercion there is disintegration because of rebellion against the artificiality of the construction. Coercion and violence are symptoms of an incoherent construction and they point to ways in which a community lack integrity. The integrity of a community depends in part upon the nature of its self-understanding, how it regards itself. To be coherent a community must be with a coherent self-conception; must conceive itself in ways which are self-consistent with the natures of the ideas, ideals and personal relationships which are central to members of the community. It is impossible for such self- conception to be based upon exclusively objective ideas, ideals and members of the community. They lack the reflexive coherence which is essential to holding the community together with integrity. Objective considerations and people can not be self-referential in integrative ways. Objectivity is not integrative in nature, it is analytic in nature; taking elemental pieces apart rather than actively relating them to each other in personal ways. (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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