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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %CREATIVITY IMAGINATION LOVE INTEGRATION 860717 It is rare that people who are creative with imaginative love decide on integrative courses of action in terms of a systematic program of rules for what to do in specified circumstances. Technology is not the key to imagination, love, creativity or integration. Often technocrats inhibit creativity, imagination, love and integration. Their efforts are often motivated by an intent to guarantee success and so to always avoid failure. Their failures are occasioned by their inability to deal creatively with failure in loving ways which with imagination promote both personal and communal integrity. No degree of intensity of desire or intention to avoid failure will serve as a guarantee of success for any systematic program to fulfill such desire or intention. A compulsive desire to avoid all failures will come close to guaranteeing that there will be tragic failures, and that such tragic failures will not be recognized for what they are. The key to creativity, imagination, love and integration is not in systematic understanding and control. Success is more often associated with people who are dedicated to promoting both personal and communal integrity. They promote the reconciliation of conflicts which inhibit creativity and imagination. Through their efforts fear, inhibitions, indifference, depression, cynicism, etc. are moderated so that people become free to let go and be creative in imaginative ways that fulfill their non-systematic potentials. Failure often lead to alienation. Some people try to minimize alienation by trying to prevent failures; i.e., trying to guarantee success. Some try to guarantee success by prohibiting failure. Others try to guarantee success by offering rewards for success. Such efforts to minimize alienation by minimizing failures are far less successful at minimizing alienation than would be efforts to deal with the failures which go with creativity and imagination---dealing with them in ways which promote both personal and communal integrity. It is how people deal with failures which occasion alienation. It is possible to deal with failures in non-alienative ways. Trying to prevent all failures can itself be the cause of much alienation. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================