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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.} ========================================================== %INTEGRATIVE RULES LAWS VS DICHOTOMIZATION 871213 In fear people avoid discussion of those experiences which most embarrass them. Through avoidance of discussion of experiences which most embarrass them, people block creative communal cooperation which might help them learn how to promote personal and communal integrity with respect to/for those experiences. The avoidance of discussion aggravates the circumstances of alienation which motivate the avoidance. Rules which lead to such avoidance tend to lead to dichotomization and alienation, not to personal and communal integration. Rules may be judged in terms of whether they tend to lead to dichotomization and disintegration; or to personal and communal integrity. Rules should not be judged in terms of their intended effects in the minds of the people who support the rules. Rules should be judged in terms of the effects which follow from the behavior of the people who affirm and support the rules. Rules are not abstract realities which are integrative or disintegrative apart from the behaviors of the people who affirm and support them. Rules with the people who affirm/support them are whole realities which need to be considered coherently. It is futile to say that a certain set of rules are integrative, if it is clear that the people who are most likely to affirm/support the rules will use them in disintegrative ways which undermine personal and/or communal integrity. Rules are tools which are used by members of society, and which empower some members of society: other members of society may be victimized by the members who are empowered. It is essential to judge the probable effect of the most likely use to which the supporters of proposed rules will put the rules. Rules which will most likely be put to disintegrative effect should not be accorded respect. Attention should be focused upon alternatives which are not as likely to be disintegrative. Informal rules which are disintegrative tend to promote dichotomization. People who informally adopt a set of judgmental rules, are likely to use them to set themselves up in their own eyes as better than other people who do not show respect for the judgmental rules invoked by the self righteous. The alienated peoples may each be self righteous in their own eyes, and view each other as unworthy of respect. Their rules do not promote creative cooperation in dealing with the experiences which embarrass them. Those creative people who find ways to transcend the embarrassment are unable to share their findings with those who affirm rules which lead to disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================