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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.} ========================================================== %INTERNAL CONFLICT INSTINCT COLLUSIVE PARADIGM LOVE 901028 People who are trapped in collusive paradigms experience internal conflicts between the demands for dishonesty within the collusive paradigm on the one hand, and their instincts for personal and communal integration. Humans have evolved as communal organisms and the survival of the individuals has depended upon the survival of the community. Instincts which favor communal integrity run deep in the genetic pool. Personal and communal integrity are totally interdependent. Any paradigm which demands systematic patterns of dishonesty threaten the communal integrity which is essential to survival. At an instinctive level individuals know this fact of life and death, and experience tension when they get trapped in a paradigm which demands complicity with dishonesty which threatens the communal integrity. Technocratic paradigms which promise to fix what is wrong with a community and/or its individuals are paradigms which call for complicity with dishonesty about the limitations of techniques and technologies. The more successful the techniques and technologies, the more intense is the internalized conflict between the vision of successful fix-ation and the instinct that fixation leads to degradation/disintegration through dishonesty. Being fixated upon the promises of technocratic fixes is a fixation which involves no successful delivery of the promises of envisioned fixes. It does involve tensions. The technocrat cannot yield to the calls of love to let go of the false visions, for to do so would be to be unfaithful to the technocratic god. The technocrat is caught in a tensions which leads to oscillation between the calls of love and the violent rejection of the threatening vision which love presents. There is an internalized love/hate conflict which is expressed in the ways in which technologies are used and abused in non-objective ways by people who think they are committed to sound ideals and values. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================