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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.} ========================================================== %THEORY PERSONAL COMMUNAL BALANCE INTEGRITY LACK 900106 The community which lacks an adequate theory of what contributes to the growth and decay of balanced personal and communal integrity, is a community which lacks the power to recognize healthy growth and promote it; and a community which lacks the power to recognize decay and act to counter it in positive ways. Wise vision is lacking in the absence of an adequate theory of integrity. Without integrative vision it is often impossible to see clearly what essential ingredients of an integrative community are lacking in one's own community, and so it is often impossible to take positive steps to remedy that lack through constructive cooperative efforts. In the absence of a wise theory of integrity, that which is disintegrative may appear to fulfill the knowledge of good and evil in positive ways; even as it leads people into disintegrative judgmental actions towards each other. In the absence of a wise theory of integrity, people tend to give too little attention to behaviors which are essential to personal and communal integrity; e.g., expressions of appreciation, affection, support, personal presence, grief, sorrow, forgiveness, etc. In the absence of a wise theory of integrity people tend to try to substitute additional information and knowledge about things technical, for those integrative features of the community which are invisibly lacking. It is wise to seek to develop an integrative theory of integrity, and to take steps to assure that communal leaders together understand what evidence supports the theory; and what the theory suggests as wise visions of the possible fulfillment of the community and its individual members. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================