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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.} ========================================================== %INTEGRATIVE IDEALS VALUES LEAD PEOPLE EMBODY+950302 %CONFLICT RESOLUTION OPEN HONEST DIALOGUE QUESTIONS 950302 Whether or not a particular set of ideals and values leads people to enjoy personal and communal integrity depends significantly upon how congruent the set of ideals and values is with the persons/community which embodies them. The young boy who has the temperament and hands of a great pianist and a father and mother who have implanted in the young boy the ideals and values of a professional football quarter-back---is an example of an incongruent set of ideals and values. For a set of ideals and values to lead people to enjoy both personal and communal integrity there must be openness and honesty about how congruent the ideals and values are with the minds, bodies, souls and spirits of all the people who are involved; individually and communally. Integration is usually an incremental process; only rarely is it a quantum jump process. Congruent integrative ideals and values facilitate incremental processes; helping people move continuously through appropriate stages of development and growth. Ideals and values which lead to both personal and communal integrity facilitate open and honest dialogue; they do not encourage avoidable misunderstanding, ignorance, alienation, estrangement and/or conflict. Avoidable conflicts, estrangement, alienation, ignorance and misunderstanding may occur within individual people---as well as between/among two or more people. Lack of congruence may occur within people---as well as between/among two or more people. When we seek to evaluate how integrative our ideals and values are---we need to ask questions regarding how congruent they are within and among the people who embody them; not just abstract questions about the ideals and values as realities existing in some realm of ideal forms separated from human realities and experiences. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================