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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.} ========================================================== %COHERENT INTEGRATIVE DECISIONS AND ACTION 861122 People of integrity succeed in making coherent integrative decisions which lead to coherent integrative actions. Indecision in contexts which call for decision and action lead to disintegration. Indecision is a sign of unresolved conflict among alternatives. Perhaps there are a number of ultimate concerns which mandate the choice of differing alternatives. Ultimate concerns can not be compromised. If one is committed to more than one god one can not enjoy integrity, one can not act with one's whole being in coherent ways. A person may be coherently committed to evil ideals; i.e., ideals which generate alienation. Yet, such a commitment will eventually disintegrate the community upon which such a person is dependent. A person can not with integrity long survive in a community which is disintegrating because of the person's coherent dedication to ideals which undermine the integrity of the community. Personal and communal integrity can survive only if they complement each other. For the above reasons coherent integrative decisions and actions are possible for extended periods of time if and only if both personal and communal coherence and integrity work to sustain each other. Communities need to work to help their members make decisions with personal integrity, helping individuals find how to decide and act with their whole being in keeping with their unique character and ability. Individuals need to work to help the community be in intimate communication so that it may have integrity; i.e., by taking care not to become dedicated to evil ideals which generate alienation. These considerations indicate that ultimate ideals and values must have to do with both personal and communal integrity, and lead to behavior which promotes the growth of both personal and communal integrity. Ultimate ideals which lead to the disintegration of either personal or communal integrity will ultimately self-destruct; they do not have meaningful survival value. To presume otherwise is disintegrative. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================