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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.} ========================================================== %INTEGRITY PRIORITY HEALTHY COMMUNITY NATION 870404 The integrity of a healthy community depends upon its members seeking above all else to promote a coherent balanced between personal and communal integrity. In selecting their leaders they seek leaders who will promote balance rather than seek leaders who will promote the divisive special interests of conflicting special interest groups. The very process of dedicating oneself to the fanatical support of a narrow special interest group is a disintegrative process. It lays the foundations for the disintegration of the community and the nation by presuming that individual people's welfare can be promoted by creating heightened special interest conflicts among groups of people committed to incoherent/uncoordinated ideals and values. The integrity of the national community depends upon its members sharing a common passion for transcendent ideals and values which lead the members to place all special interest considerations within the context of promoting communal integrity when selecting communal priorities. Leaders are chosen and lead to promote balanced communal and personal integrity. For a nation to survive with integrity its leaders must use the communal power with which they are entrusted to help set communal priorities which create contexts within which individual members of the nation are set free to fulfill their unique potentials for creative personal integrity. Such integrative leaders help define and refine the concepts of individual freedoms, rights and responsibilities within the broader context of the common passion for transcendent ideals and values which bind the community together as a coherent whole. They do not encourage powerful individuals to seek personal advantages at the expense of personal, communal, national, or international integrity. When individuals and nations seek a coherent balance between personal and communal integrity they come to enjoy genuine security which is free of defensive technologies because as they promote integrity they become free to be safely vulnerable in intimate relationships of open and honest dialogue about what is real in the experience of each unique person. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================