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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.} ========================================================== %COPE WISELY TABOO PREDICAMENT EXPERIENCE HONEST 890309 It is difficult to cope wisely with taboo predicaments. A taboo predicament is one with which a community can not cope openly and honestly in wise conversations. A taboo predicament is one which according to the rules of communal games is forbidden, and about which there are many communal experiences of guilt, shame, regret, embarrassment, etc. Communities do not have an approved adequate vocabulary with which to discuss taboo predicaments wisely. Since taboo predicaments are taboo, the words with which to describe such predicaments are also taboo. The use of appropriate words engenders feelings of embarrassment, guilt, shame and regret. A taboo predicament is not a technical problem. Technical problems are ones for which there are technical solutions; i.e, accepted procedures by which to deal with an situation to achieve a clearly stated goal. Taboo predicaments are situations which cannot be described accurately because there is no adequate vocabulary with which to describe the differences which are essential to a clear description. The words which might point to such differences are taboo and/or unknown. The taboos, guilts, shame and regrets which surround taboo predicaments inhibit wise behavior which might lead the way out of the taboo predicaments. Wise leaders who might lead the way out of the predicament are stigmatized as behaving in taboo ways which embarrass leading members of the community. So long as people who carefully and honestly describe the dynamics of taboo predicaments are people who are rejected, so long will a community lack the vision with which to clearly see the way out of taboo predicaments. The creative vision necessary to get out of a predicament depends upon a common communal language with which to point to the elements and relationships which are central to the predicament. Communities which are trapped in taboo predicaments are trapped without a vocabulary with which to accurately describe their own situation. The description of a taboo predicament is a reflexive act; it is not objective behavior. The community which regards objective behavior with favor and subjective behavior with disfavor is likely to become trapped in taboo predicaments. Scientists regard objective behavior with favor and subjective behavior with disfavor. Scientists are likely to become trapped in taboo predicaments. Scientists who favor objective behavior over subjective behavior are unlikely to use a vocabulary which is adequate to articulating accurate descriptions of important subjective relationships. Most predicaments pertain to subjective relationships. Wise coping with predicaments depends upon accurate communications, conversations, and listening which entail the use of adequate subjective vocabularies. Most highly respected scientific training does not prepare people for such wise coping. In fact, most highly respected scientific training inhibits such wise coping. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================