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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.} ========================================================== %DICHOTOMY CONFLICT SEPARATE COMPLEMENT INTEGRITY 930113 When dichotomies are respected it seems normal that complementary aspects of reality be separate from each other and concentrated in different times, places, contexts and people: Good/evil, male/female, powerful/poor, science/humanities, perfect/imperfect, order/chaos, etc. People of integrity do not respect dichotomies as grounds for tolerating the concentration of complementary aspects of reality in separated times, places, contexts and people. People of integrity are in the process of integrating those complementary aspects of reality which dichotomies hold to be appropriately separated. The way to integrity through the integration of the separated poles of dichotomies is not to be found at either pole of a dichotomy; or on a straight line between the two poles of a dichotomy. The way to integrity transcends the attitudes and questions which the dichotomy its poles and its linear thinking promote. Often the people trapped by a dichotomy are trapped by a collusion which promotes the dichotomy as part of the process of protecting the collusion. To transcend a dichotomy we must find the way to transcend any compulsive preoccupation with the dichotomy and the problems/dilemmas which it promotes. Even a preoccupation with transcending a dichotomy can entrap us within the dichotomy by keeping us preoccupied with the attitudes and questions which characterize the dichotomy. It is likely to be helpful for us to associate with people who are not preoccupied with any aspects of the dichotomy; people who cannot understand why anybody cares at all about the attitudes and questions which are central in the lives of people who are trapped by the dichotomy. This may be very difficult to do, for such people are not likely to appear to be worthy of respect to people who are trapped by the dichotomy. Thus we will be wise to associate in significant ways with people whom we regard as unworthy of respect; to see what we can learn from their attitudes, questions, and life styles. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================