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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.} ========================================================== %GLOBAL JUSTICE POOR RICH POLITICS POWER BASIC NEED 901130 Many of the dilemmas of the world are rooted in injustice which is accepted by the rich and the poor. The poor people of the world are poor in material goods because they are politically poor; because they do not exercise the power to guide their own destiny, letting that power rest in the hands of the rich who are not willing to share their political power. The rich keep their political power because they are too insecure to share it. The poor do not know how and/or do not have the will to exercise integrative political power. Few people object effectively to the disintegrative status quo. Many of the dilemmas of the world are rooted in addictive and codependent behaviors in which political power is not justly shared. People who are trapped in manipulative paradigms seek to achieve a sense of self worth through manipulative procedures which tend towards violence. They regard each other as objects to be manipulated, rather than as holy people to be intimately known and appreciated. Many of the dilemmas of the world are rooted in disintegrative ideals; ideals which lead their personal incarnations into patterns of behavior which undermine both personal and communal integrity. The tragedies which flow from disintegrative ideals cannot be avoided by the use of more sophisticated technologies, more resources, more technical knowledge, more information, etc. In the face of such tragedies more is waste. Disintegrative ideals are woven together with the attitudes and emotions of addicts and codependents to whom the ideals seem quite reasonable and logical. Yet there is much which is missing from the fabric which is so woven out of purely technical considerations: love, forgiveness, affection, spontaneity, appreciation, thankfulness, responsiveness, conflict resolution, reconciliation, joy, hope, and many other personal realities which are neglected by technocrats. The world will not be made a better place by giving more political power to technocrats who fail to understand the root nature of human needs. Technocrats measure dollars, profits, influence, control, etc. They do not pay attention to sensations, feelings, emotions, affection, perceptions, experiences and other personal considerations which cannot be measured. In their blindness technocrats are incapable of making the world a better place for real humans to enjoy life. They do not know what needs to be done, and do not have the skills to do what needs to be done to transform our planet-space-ship into a better home in which to enjoy life within the inter-stellar void. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================