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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.} ========================================================== %CONCEPTUAL CONTEXTS FOR INTEGRATIVE ATTITUDES 871102 Our attitudes depend greatly upon the contexts within which we live. There are many different kinds of contexts: geographic, political, social, educational, work, conceptual, language, etc. In each context there are only some attitudes which can survive with any kind of integrity; other attitudes undermine the power to survive, and those persons with such attitudes tend not to survive to promulgate their attitudes. We can not control attitudes directly, but we can create contexts which favor one kind of attitude, or favor another kind of attitude. We can help to develop a conceptual context which will favor integrative attitudes rather than disintegrative attitudes; and we can thereby help to promote both personal and communal integrity. Only in the context of concepts which make integration appear possible, is it reasonable to have attitudes of hope for a better future. If our concepts point towards only disintegration, we cannot reasonably have an attitude of hope and positive expectation. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================