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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.} ========================================================== %DISINTEGRATIVE ARTIFICIAL CONSEQUENCES MORALITY 880624 Some people have convictions and attitudes which lead them to create some artificial consequences in support of what they believe to be proper behavior; i.e., rewards for proper behavior and punishments for improper behavior. Artificial consequences sometimes protect people engaged in disintegrative behavior---for they are often regarded as "good" people because of their high moral standards and respectable/powerful positions. Highly ethical and morally oriented people often undermine open and honest communication in their efforts to promote their ethical and moral systems; generating alienation and estrangement by their efforts to artificially reward "good" people and artificially punish evil people. Artificial consequences which are designed to supplement natural consequences lead to communal and personal disintegration---especially in the absence of a profound commitment to keeping open channels of honest communication as the glue which maintains the unity of a community. A community disintegrates when it sacrifices open and honest communications in the service of promoting any particular kind of conformity; even if there is unanimous support for that kid of conformity. Conformity is not the essence of communal integrity. Conformity which gets in the way of spontaneity, honesty, creativity, initiatives, intimacy, imagination, etc. ultimately leads to communal and personal disintegration. Artificial consequences designed to promote conformity to some particular conception of proper behavior thus lead to communal and personal disintegration---to the extent that the consequence includes the breaking down of channels of open and honest communication which bind the community together into a coherent whole. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================