blog traffic analysis
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.} ========================================================== %RESPOND REACT CHANGE GROWTH REVOLUTION STAGNATION+941004 %SECOND ORDER ACCELERATION NET FORCES LAWS NEWTON 941004 We respond to change according to what kind of people we are. How we respond depends upon how we perceive change, and how we think and feel about change; what our attitudes towards change are, and what we fear. If we are getting richer while others are getting poorer because we are getting richer---we may perceive such change as good, and think that God is being good to us because of our righteousness. We may have favorable attitudes towards such change. If we are getting poorer while others are getting richer through our getting poorer---we are likely to perceive such change as bad or evil. We are unlikely to think that God is being good to those who are getting richer; especially, we are unlikely to think that the reason for their favored treatment is because of their righteousness. Our attitudes are likely to be sympathetic to a paradigm shift and a revolution. We are likely to be alienated from the rich people. If we are in a comfortable airplane traveling at a steady velocity we may perceive our changing position as not really change, but as a good process which is stable and to our liking. A process of change may be regarded as good stability which is to our liking. In that event a change in the process may be regarded as change, and perhaps not to our liking. Second-order change may appear to us to be change, while first-order change appears to involve no change. Newton's laws of motion focus upon such second-order change which is called acceleration, and is related to net-vector-sum-forces. It is second-order change which most draws our attention. If we are un-loved and insecure we may respond in defensive ways to prevent any change which we perceive to threaten us, and we are likely to encourage any change which we perceive will threaten our perceived enemies. If we are loved and have received many gifts of security known as the freedom to be safely vulnerable, then we may respond in creative ways which help to sustain people of integrity in communities of integrity. We and others are likely to grow together with integrity, rather than grow apart through alienation. Our changes are likely to be integrative, rather than disintegrative. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================