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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.} ========================================================== %COMPLIMENTARY/CONFLICTING IDEALS VALUES TRUTHS+950314 %PERSPECTIVES POSITION DESCRIPTIONS ASSUMPTIONS+950314 %ATTITUDES BELIEFS PARADIGMS ROLES MODELS GOODS+950314 %DEVIL MORALITY ETHICS PRINCIPLES RULES LAWS 950314 Truths, ideals, values, perspectives, positions, descriptions, assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, paradigms, roles, models, and principles---which may appear to be in conflict---are often complementary to each other. Differences may be differences in our perspectives. One object viewed from two different positions relative to the object will look different; yet be recognized as the same object by reasonable and intelligent people of good will. The full nature of the object becomes known only as people who view it from different perspectives describe their different experiences of the object, and describe the perspectives from which they viewed the object. Einstein's theories of relativity are not about indifference to perspectives, differences, and experiences. The theories take very careful consideration of the differences in perspectives from which object are viewed to be in motion---and describe in exquisite detail how those differences in perspective result in dramatic differences in the measurements of space and time intervals between uniquely identifiable events. The results of the measurements are different because of the different perspectives from which the measurements were made because of the relative motions of observers considering the same uniquely identifiable events. Properly understood, Einstein's theories of relativity do not translate into moral or philosophical relativism. They may translate into accurate descriptions of the differences between different people's descriptions of the relationships among objects, people and relationships; which may be anywhere in the spectrum between purely objective and purely reflexive. What may appear to us to be conflicting ideals, values, and truths---are often in fact complementary ideals, values and truths. Dichotomous and contentious assumptions, attitudes and dispositions---can turn complementary ideals, values and truths into occasions for conflict within and among people and their communities. Differences need not occasion conflict. Differences can facilitate cooperation and enrichment. Often our problems with differences relate to the fact that we do not want to accept the reality of human limits and limitations placed upon us by our contexts. We often wish our situation were other than it is, and pretend that it is other than it is. Such pretense does not lead to wise decisions and actions. Such pretense does not help us to resolve apparent conflicts between ideals, values and truths. If we are honest we can often find ways to resolve apparent conflicts between ideals, values and truths. If we are dishonest we often find ways to be in conflict regarding our ideals, values and truths. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================