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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.} ========================================================== %VISION DREAM CONTEXT ACCEPT REJECT SECURITY LOVE+930121 %MORE GROWTH BETTER BALANCE LIMIT HONEST GARBAGE 930121 "More" does not always mean better. More alienation, estrangement, excommunications, violence, conflict, garbage, confusion, tension, rejection---is not better. More does not mean better if it means the loss of healthy balance. More of one kind of reality in our life usually means less of some other kind of reality in our life; because we do not have an infinite capacity, we are finite. We have only so much time in our lives, only so much living space, only the capacity for entering into a finite number of intimate relationships, etc. When we seek to add more of one kind of reality we inevitably reduce something else; e.g., we often reduce honesty in our efforts to have more of everything else. More self confidence may be good; but not at the loss of all doubt and humility. More information is often useful; but not at the loss of the ability to find important information when it is critically needed. More members added to an organization may be good; but not at the loss of organizational identity, clarity and commitment. More possessions may be useful; but not to the point that they cover the floor of the house one foot deep in garbage. More work may be needful; but not the the point of sickness brought on by lack of rest and recreation. More money may be desirable; but not if everybody is printing it on their own printing presses. More knowledge may be useful in some instances; but not if it is at the expense of an overview of human relationships through excessive specialization. More energy may be nice in some contexts; but not to the point of global warming and the melting of the polar ice on the planet. Rather than asking for "more" we will usually do better to seek a better balance. "More" may lead to balance in some instances; and in such instances "more" is better. When "more" leads to an imbalance; then "more" is rarely better. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================