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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.} ========================================================== %LACK ESSENTIAL INTEGRATIVE PARADIGM ELEMENTS 921103 If we lack essential integrative paradigm elements, our lives are likely to be mislead; even in the presence of what appear to be important guidelines, moral codes, laws, legal systems, and taboos. The latter are not as essential as are integrative paradigm elements which when present make it possible for the latter to function in integrative ways. The latter often function in disintegrative ways. They are not adequate by themselves. It is possible for people and communities to function in integrative ways in the absence of compulsive preoccupations with moral codes, laws, legal systems and taboos. They are not essential. It is essential that we give each other the free gift of the kind of security which encourages and elicits open and honest dialogue; rather than seek to achieve security through defensive measures. It is essential that we demonstrate an integrative balance in our lives; rather than demonstrate fanatical devotion to a narrowly focused set of idealistic priorities. It is essential that we seek both personal and communal integrity through honest cooperation; rather than seek to win battles and wars at the expense of others who will thereafter endlessly nurse residual conflicts. It is essential that we seek to create new ways to be more inclusive, cooperative and honest; rather than to create more ways to be idealistic, perfect and exclusive. It is essential that we seek to be truly humble with quite confidence; rather than to be supremely confident of our salvation and righteousness. It is essential that we seek to know and respect our own strengths and limitations; rather than that we seek to know the difference between good people and evil people. It is essential that we seek to know and be true to ourselves and to each other; rather than to know and be true to idealistic moral codes, rules, regulations, laws, and taboos. It is essential that we work to fulfill our true integrative natures and possibilities; rather than conform to restrictive expectations and demands. When we demonstrate that which is essential many other non-essential aspects of life may be present in our lives; and they may appear to be essential to some people who do not recognize what is essential. In the absence of what is essential many such apparently essential aspects of life fail to assure personal and communal integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================