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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.} ========================================================== %CONTRAST COMPLIMENTARY PARADIGMS FOCI ATTENTION+950301 %ANALYSIS SYNTHESIS INTEGRITY TRUTH CONTRADICT+950301 %EXCLUSIVE INCLUSIVE CLARITY DIFFERENCE GOOD EVIL 950301 There are contrasting paradigms with contrasting foci of attention, being and action. In our attempts to understand how things work together to comprise the whole---we often try to take whole things apart and manipulate the parts of the whole. To participate together in comprising an integrative whole we need to appreciate integrative aspects of whole beings and share free gifts of the freedom to be safely vulnerable in being true to ourself and to others. Each paradigm when taken to extremes tends to lead to the denial of the truths of other paradigms which are complementary. Complementary paradigms taken to extremes often become contradictory. Our challenge is to find ways to be complementary in our affirmations of our paradigms---without being contradictory, contentious, tense, conflicting and violent. Exclusivity as a principle rarely leads to integration and integrity. Yet, indiscriminate inclusivity rarely leads to honest clarity about essential differences. Without honest clarity about essential differences we cannot cooperate meaningfully in contributing our different gifts to integrative efforts for the common good. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================