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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.} ========================================================== %CENTRAL ISSUE QUESTIONS CONFLICT RESOLUTION VALUE 890325 Central to each conflict is an issue, a question over which people engage in battles of affirmation and denial. Conflicts persist so long as the issue is whether or not denial is essential to affirmation. Is it possible to fully affirm one truth without denial of its complementary opposite? Fanatics say no. Lovers say yes. Conflicts are resolved by Love which finds ways of saying Yes to affirmations, without saying No to complimentary affirmations. The essence of an affirmation does not lie in the denial of complimentary affirmations. The essence of an affirmation lies in finding ways of joining with others who affirm complimentary affirmation in affirming the creative resolution of the apparent conflicts between the complimentary forms of truth. Central to each conflict is the issue of how to state the questions around which the conflict revolves. If the central question is the question of winning and losing, the conflict continues. If the central question is the question of integrative synthesis through cooperation, the conflict is resolved. Lovers find ways of cooperating so that they all win in transcending their conflicts by asking questions in integrative ways. Combatants perpetually try to win at the expense of their enemies. Lovers and combatants each find their meaning in their chosen ways of approaching conflicts. Lovers build communities with integrity. Combatants disintegrate communities with fanaticisms which deny complimentary affirmations. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================