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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.} ========================================================== %LEAD EXPLORE LIMIT BOUND PARADIGM CREATE EXPERIENC 910128 What is it like to have the experience of being a leader who creatively explores the limits of the currently popular paradigms, and creates new paradigms which are beyond the boundaries of what is popular and respected? How is such a person to know whether they are a prophet or a fool? There are risks in exploring new frontiers: 1. Physical risks due to lack of knowledge of the details of physical objects, physical realities and physical relationships. These are the risks of going to places and dealing with things in ways which no one has gone and done before. 2. Psychological risks due to lack of knowledge of the details of reflexive realities and relationships. There are the risks of entering into new kinds of reflexive relationships in ways which no one has done before. 3. Spiritual risks due to taking seriously experiences and realities previously dismissed as unimportant, unreliable, wasteful, embarrassing, sinful, evil, irresponsible, etc. 4. Risks of NOT taking seriously experiences and realities previously focused upon with compulsive dedication, interest and concern. 5. Risks of alienation when others fail to see the creativity, integrity, coherence, honesty, and love of the venture. People who check out the boundaries of the known territories in space, time, paradigm, relationships, and spirit often appear to self and others as fools, cracked up, crazy, irresponsible, sinful, and evil. Only in historical retrospectives is there clear and confident certainty as to the differences between appearances. It helps, however, to consider some criteria in terms of which it may be possible to recognize the differences, before such confident historical retrospectives are reached: 1. Is there truly a dedication to being true to self and others in a balanced way? 2. Is there a gentleness of spirit and a sense of humor and proportion, which keeps serious matters in perspective? 3. Is there a dynamic balance between taking care of self and taking care of others? 4. Is there a honest search for the real limits of what is humanly possible, and respect for such real limits which do exist; honoring such limits and not pretending to move beyond them, when it is not possible to do so. 5. Is there humility and respect shown for others who are seeking to be true to their best selves, in their own most integrative ways. 6. Is there respect for the difference between what each person can change, and all else that is beyond the realm of what each person can change; along with a dedication to learn from past mistakes made by self and others, so as to initiate healthy changes where changes need to be made. 7. An honest respect for the realities of the past, and for the possibilities for creative change in the present, leading to a future which will be more healthy than the past. Why are great people often not recognized by those closest to them in time and space? 1. It is hard to recognize that the person you have known as a child, has matured into a truly great person. Great people more often are recognized when they come from far away. 2. Truly great people are not preoccupied with the inhibitions, prohibitions and taboos which do preoccupy many people. 3. Our addictive, codependent and collusive patterns of thought and feeling confuse us as regards what is worthy of respect. 4. Truly great people threaten our false sense of security by challenging the integrity of our futile systems of defense, by which we seem to achieve security through defensive technologies. 5. Real greatness is associated with humility and simplicity, rather than with complexity and sophistication. Often really great people threaten the unhealthy addictions, codependency, collusions and taboos of their contemporaries to such an extent that they are rejected, ostracized, excommunicated and dis- fellowshipped in the holy name of a similar humble one, who was treated the same way and crucified. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================