This-essay is a8603021.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 ========================================================== %CONFLICTING CONCEPTIONS OF INTEGRITY 860302 Much conflict and disintegration is occasioned by conflicting conceptions of what constitute the most integrative ideals and values. Instinctive personal conceptions may be in conflict with each other, as well as with both formal and informal communal conceptions. Differing sub-cultures within any one community may have differing conceptions of ultimate priorities, and so embody the essence of conflicts within their differing ideals and values. In like manner different nations, religions, professions, etc. which have world-wide scope may find themselves in conflict over their conflicting conceptions of integrity. Ideals and values which lead their incarnations into personal/communal integration are the ideals and values which will ultimately survive. The ultimate test of ultimate ideals and values is ultimate survival. The ultimate test of ultimate ideals and values is the degree to which they lead their human incarnations in people and communities towards increased personal and communal integration and integrity. Differing people have differing conceptions of the instrumental values, ideals, and technologies which are appropriate to the furtherance of their ultimate ideals and values. Their instrumental values and ideals may by stages come to dominate their conceptions of their ultimate ideals and values and supplant them, leading people into a disintegrative technocratic society which has no clear vision of which way their technologies are leading them. The fulfillment of technological possibilities may become the ultimate ideal in such a technocratic society. Personal and communal integrity may be totally sacrificed to fulfill and/or celebrate all kinds of technological possibilities. This is the natural consequence of giving great power to people who put their ultimate trust in technological approaches to reflexive human situations; e.g., machines, computers, offensive weapons, propaganda, defensive weapons, legalisms, moralisms, scientisms, police-states, strategic-defense- initiatives, welfare-states, communism, capitalism, etc. Judgments of the propriety of ultimate ideals and values entail conceptions of some theory of how behavior, values, ideals and the acceptance/rejection of people properly relate. If personal rejection is an accepted instrument used in support of ultimate ideals and values, then personal rejections lead to personal and communal disintegration and so to the disintegration of the values and ideals which approve rejection. (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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