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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.} ========================================================== %INTEGRATIVE FOCUS PERSON COMMUNITY DICHOTOMY 911103 To be people and communities of integrity we need to focus our attention upon integrative realities. What kinds of realities can be integrative realities? We may err in thinking that some kinds of realities cannot be integrative realities. We may err in thinking that only certain kinds of realities may be integrative realities. Our errors may originate in our preoccupations with other than personal and communal integrity. We may traditionally have focused our attention upon dichotomies such as: good/evil, right/wrong, acceptable/un-acceptable, should/shouldn't, respectable/un-respectable, permitted/forbidden, conformal/non-conformal, etc. Given our traditional dichotomous preoccupations there are certain kinds of realities which have been the focus of our attention. Dichotomies have to do with disintegration, and so the kinds of realities upon which dichotomies have tended to focus our attention---as often as not are realities associated with disintegration. To focus our attention upon integrative realities which may well be new to us---we need to focus our attention upon a set of realities which include many new realities which have not been the focus of our attention while we have been preoccupied with traditional dichotomies. Thus we need to let go of our exclusive preoccupations with only the kinds of realities which have in the past been the focus of our attention because of our focus upon traditional dichotomies. We need to let go of our exclusivities. It is not enough to consider issues of integrity and disintegration while focusing our attention upon our traditional preoccupations. Using integrity as a basis for re-classifying the realities upon which we have traditionally focused our attention is not enough. We need to be more inclusive in what kinds of realities we consider as potentially integrative. In dichotomous systems of classification many idealists have rarely looked with favor upon: spontaneity creativity, authenticity, affection, honesty, truth, sexuality, sensual pleasure, hugs, touching, intimacy, etc. In dichotomous systems of classification many idealists have often looked with favor upon: discipline, conformity, appearances, propriety, respectability, facts, thinking, symmetry, repetitious, objectivity, distancing, etc. Idealists within dichotomous systems are biased as regards what kinds of realities are appropriate foci for attention. We need to transcend the bias of dichotomous idealists. We do not need another dichotomous system of classification of the realities which are the traditional foci of attention of dichotomous idealists. Some of what we have regarded with disfavor may on occasion merit favorable consideration; and vice versa. Yet is is not as simple as finding in what instances we need to reverse our sense of favor and disfavor; for to believe it is that simple, is to remain trapped in a pattern of dichotomous thinking. We need to transcend our preoccupations with dichotomies. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================