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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.} ========================================================== %AUTHORITY LOVE ROLE MODEL DEMONSTRATION INTEGRITY 890201 Integrative role models are the authors of authoritative demonstrations of the power of personal integrity. Often people assume that authority resides in some technical system such as a set of impersonal rules, a technical institute or institution, or a machine. Such people seek permission for creative new behaviors in technical systems which lack the possibility of creativity. Such systems are often the embodiment of collusive patterns of addictive and codependent behavior which repress genuine creativity, authoring and authority to authorize. The origin of the authority to authorize creative new patterns of behavior is to be found in the behavior of people of integrity who demonstrate the power of their integrity by being whole in new ways. They demonstrate that their new ways of being whole contribute to the health and integrity of their communities. Ultimately technical and legalistic systems lack the power to demonstrate that such ways of being whole lack integrity. Ultimately all technical and legalistic systems lack the power to convince the new generation that integrative authors of authoritative behavior do not merit respect. Young people instinctively know to respect integrative authors of authoritative behavior which does merit respect. When such people are genuinely present to the young people in open and honest dialogue, conversations lead to conversions by which collusions are transcended. The defenders of technocratic systems of collusive behavior seek to maintain their systems by inhibiting the conversations which lead to conversions by which collusions are transcended. Such defensive maneuvers' authors are fundamentally disintegrative, and so they ultimately destroy the power of the technocratic system which resides in the limited integrity of the system. The power and authority of any system resides in whatever integrity it has. Defensive maneuvers which undermine a system's integrity thereby render the system impotent; and so such defensive maneuvers destroy the system which they were designed to defend. People of integrity who are the authors of new patterns of integrative behavior are the authorities around whom new communities are born. They realize new communal possibilities by being whole with new kinds of personal integrity. By being the authors of such new conceptions of communal integrity, they become the authorities to which new communities look for guidance and new kinds of integrative power. Their authority does not reside in a static system which defends old conceptions against change. Their authority resides in their power to demonstrate integrative change by being whole with new kinds of personal integrity. With such authority they are the authors of integrative revolutions which transcend the powers of collusions, addictions, codependents, technocrats and all their evil ways. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================