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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.} ========================================================== %PRINCIPLES OF INTEGRATION 880312 To understand the principles of integration we need to consider them in personal dynamics and in social dynamics; in the positive sense of principles of integration, in the negative sense of principles of disintegration: four senses when all combinations are considered. Individuals need to have effective reflexive principles of integration to overcome communal principles of disintegration. Communities need to have communal principles of integration to overcome individual principles of disintegration. The principles of disintegration pertain to the fragmentation of lines of communication. When the channels of communication are broken, blocked, cluttered, forgotten, gaged, confused, etc.---then disintegration is the natural consequence. Open and honest channels of communication are essential to integrity. To avoid disintegration each community needs to embody in its members and institutions the recognition of the essential principles of integration. Such principles need to be embodied in healthy people's traditions, communal practices, laws, schools, businesses, etc. Other values and ideals need to be viewed in the light of the essential principles of integration; else secondary values and ideals will replace principles of integration as exclusive concerns and the community will disintegrate through idolatry. In the light of principles of integration it is possible to see how technical means often supplant the ideals and values which should give direction to the use of the technical means. In the absence of clarity about the principles of integration our technical means become ends. One can anticipate such disintegration and use the principles of integration to avoid the tragic consequences of putting trust in disintegrative ideals and values. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================