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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.} ========================================================== %COMMITMENT TO VALUES AND IDEALS VIOLENCE 861225 Often sincere commitments and dedications to high values and ideals lead to violence and to the disintegration of personal and communal integrity. In the heat of the conflict between complementary values and ideals---people seek to use coercion and violence as means in the service of their highest ideals and values. They are mislead because their highest ideals and values do not place enough emphasis upon the ultimate importance of personal and communal integrity. All too often the use of coercion, manipulation, alienation, estrangement, rejection, etc. as means in the service of high ideals and values--- ultimately results in the disintegration of the community which might otherwise embody those ideals and values. Ideals and values are not served well by procedures and means which disintegrate the community which might in the long term give the ideals and values meaning and significance. Ideals and values are better served by means and procedures which help people discover how to complement some ideals and values---with other ideals and values which promote balance and wholeness so that people may be well at ease rather, than ill at ease within diseased relationships. Ideals and values survive through integrative relationships among people of integrity in communities of people cooperating with each other through active listening in meaningful dialogue. Ideals and values die through disintegrative relationships among people trapped in violent contests among people dedicated to conflicting ideals---which are regarded as good or evil depending upon people's perspectives on the battle. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================