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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.} ========================================================== %EVIL CONCEPTIONS ALIENATION ESTRANGE ISOLATE 891223 Evil conceptions transform natural thoughts, desires, decisions, behaviors, memories, etc. into occasions for alienation, estrangement and isolation. This is often done to defend whatever such conceptions lead people to regard as good and worthy of ultimate sacrifices. Integrative conceptions transform natural thoughts, desires, decisions, behaviors, memories, etc. into occasions for intimate dialogue which is open, honest, vulnerable, and secure. This is done to bring about change which leads to personal and communal integrity. Conceptions are born of imagination which brings together in new ways entities not previously so united. This is true whether the conceptions are of individual biological organisms, communities, symbols, images, visions, abstractions, concepts, etc. Some conceptions lead to integrations, others to disintegrations. It is helpful to recognize and articulate the combinations of contexts and conceptions which lead to integration; and others which lead to disintegration. It is the relationships between conceptions and contexts which are important; not just conceptions in isolation. Where the directions of such conceptual leadings are most clear it is helpful to name and describe the conceptions within contexts in open and honest dialogue; and their consequences. In such dialogue we may become aware of how we can deliberately promote both personal and communal integrity; and how we often are misled into disintegrative patterns of personal and communal behavior. We are led into our most horrible tragedies by high ideals which turn out to be grounded in evil conceptions which mislead us into tragic behaviors. As regards our patterns of behavior it is helpful to recognize and describe where we are, how we are changing, and in what direction and how rapidly we are changing our patterns of change; just as regards our positions, velocities and acceleration in our three dimensional spatial world. To be what we would like to be, we need to deal honestly with where we are, in what direction and at what rate we are changing where we are, and how we may change our present pattern of change to grow in integrative ways. We need to be honest about what we can and cannot control about our journey. These considerations are relevant to us as individuals, and to each size of community in which we participate. Each community needs to recognize that it cannot understand itself only in terms of conceptions relevant to individuals as individuals; conceptions relevant to communities as wholes are also essential to reflexive communal understanding. Such conceptions are integrative conceptions appropriate to communities as healthy whole entities. Within integrative conceptions many constituent entities retain their individual identities; doing so while cooperating in a whole which would not be fruitful without such cooperation of constituents that are retaining individual identities. Such individual identities are not lost in the whole, not sacrificed to make the whole; they persist as individuals within the whole in cooperative ways. In healthy communities members of the communities communicate and cooperate in ways which promote the integrity of the members as individuals and the integrity of the community as a whole. In disintegrating communities the levels of communication and cooperation decline as members become isolated in independent uncoordinated behaviors. Integration and integrity flow from free cooperation; not from coercive behavior which engenders defensive measures which undermine open and honest dialogue and free cooperation. Coercion leads to conflict and disintegration. Conceptions and ideals which lead to coercion ultimately lead to conflict and disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================