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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.} ========================================================== %BALANCE COMPETITION COOPERATION COMMUNAL PERSONAL 900504 For a community and its members to enjoy health and integrity there must be a healthy balance between time spent taking care of self, taking care of others, and participating in cooperative communal endeavors. There is no amount or quality of individualistic efforts which will compensate for the absence of participation in cooperative communal endeavors. Cooperative communal endeavors are not any collection of individualistic efforts, they are qualitatively different, and in the clear absence of such cooperative communal endeavors, personal health and integrity is not possible. There is no amount or quality of communal efforts which will compensate for the absence of a healthy concern for taking care of self. Personal care of self is not an aspect of cooperative communal endeavors, and no element of collective behavior can compensate for the absence of a healthy self regard and healthy effort to take care of self in an independent way. Maintaining a balance between individual care of self, and participation in communal cooperative efforts is essential to both personal and communal health. Competitive individualistic efforts become meaningless and futile in the absence of a healthy context maintained by cooperative communal activities. Communal cooperation becomes oppressive in the absence of freedom to engage in healthy competition motivated by a reasonable desire for personal advantage. Health depends upon balance, and balance cannot exist in the presence of an excess of one aspect, at the expense of another essential aspect. Dominance by a strong aspect over a weak aspect leads to dis-ease and poor health for all who are involved in such an imbalance. Neither aspect is good to the exclusion of the other. In excess, either aspect leads to alienation which is evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================