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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.} ========================================================== %POWERFUL COMMUNAL THEORY OF REFLEXIVE INTEGRATION 870103 A reflexive theory of integration (in terms of which we can understand, properly expect, and participate in the satisfactory integration of ourselves into a coherent whole community) will help all people participate with both personal and communal integrity. Disagreement (or lack of agreement) among members of a community regarding how they should regard themselves as participants in the relationships of the community, is bound to reduce the integrity of the community. The conceptions of the members of the community regarding what is possible and proper for them as participants in inter- personal relationships, constitute a tacit or explicit communal theory held by the community reflecting upon its own nature; a reflexive communal theory. Members of a community seek to participate in communal activities in terms of their understanding of their proper role in the community as they understand the community. Members of a community may differ in regards to how they conceive the community: who the legitimate participants are, their ground of being, their origin, their character and their destiny. To the extent that such differences are in conflict with each other, the community lacks a powerful communal theory of reflexive integration; and members will not have a basis in terms of which to cooperate fully in promoting both personal and communal integration. Members of a community may have a diversity of individually coherent theories. If all their theories are objective to the exclusion of reflexive considerations, the community has no coherent theory in terms of which to cooperate in integrative behavior. If all their theories are exclusively analytic in character, to the exclusion of integrative motivations and insights, then the community and its members have no coherent basis for personal and communal integrity. The traditional scientists' paradigm does not lead them to seek a powerful communal theory of reflexive integration, and so their behavior tends to lead toward communal disintegration on many occasions. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================