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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.} ========================================================== %EMBEDDED PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITY FUNCTION WELL+950606 %COOPERATE DIALOGUE COMMUNICATE MEANINGFUL LOVE 950606 Written over the north Atlantic Ocean in the light of insights flowing from the conference "Einstein Meets Margritte" in Brussels during May 28 - June 4, 1995: Dysfunctional people are not well embedded with personal integrity within communities of integrity. The dysfunctionality of people who are not embedded in communities of integrity cannot be corrected, fixed or transcended by objective manipulations, procedures, or gifts by any person or persons. The roots of the dysfunctionality of such people are to be found in their not being well embedded with personal integrity within any community of integrity. Their dysfunctionality is not rooted in their lack of possessions, lack of power to control things or persons, or the lack of technical skills or knowledge---for they could be functional people of integrity well embedded in communities of integrity--- without ever gaining possessions, powers of control, technical skills or technical knowledge. Often the transcendence of dysfunctionality through becoming embedded within communities of integrity does include the acquisition of possessions, power, technical skills, and/or technical knowledge---but such acquisitions are not the essence of the transcendence of dysfunctionality, even though such acquisitions may often correlate highly with the transcendence of dysfunctionality. The fact that in some cultures the cock crows and then the sun rises with great regularity does not prove that the crowing of the cock causes the sun to rise. Often the acquisition of possessions, powers, technical skills and/or technical knowledge is followed by dysfunctional behavior---because the person who acquired them was not well embedded with personal integrity in a community of integrity. The above considerations suggest that impersonal/bureaucratic programs are not well suited to dealing with the dilemmas attendant to the presence of dysfunctional persons within the regions of their jurisdiction---no matter how much authority, power, technical skills and technical knowledge the programs may have at their disposal. Dysfunctionality cannot be corrected through the exercise of control, or the threat of further alienation upon a failure to show respect for people or procedures which are focused upon control. Communities within which dysfunctional persons exist should consider dysfunctional persons as threats to their communal integrity; it is dishonest to pretend otherwise. It is also dishonest to pretend that disintegrative techniques can be used to eliminate threats to communal integrity. Only integrative responses to disintegrative threats can be effective responses. Such integrative communal responses will respect whatever unique personal integrity may be present in dysfunctional persons; rather than threaten any such unique personal integrity. Often communities regard people of differing kinds of unique integrity to be threats their communal integrity. Such communities are prone to be preoccupied with conformity and control. Such preoccupations are greater threats to the communal integrity than are people of differing kinds of unique integrity. We need to recognize which preoccupations, attitudes, ideals and values constitute threats to personal and/or communal integrity, and deal with those threats---rather than be distracted by what appear to us to be threats by people of differing kinds of unique integrity. In the face of threats to personal and communal integrity, attention may be focused upon: 1. Cognitive abstractions, 2. Rules, regulations, laws, prohibitions, etc. 3. Traditional rules, rituals, practices, etc. 4. Research and predictive efforts, 5. Myths and metaphors, 6. Technological attempts to solve perceived problems, 7. Clarifying dilemmas which are perceived to be problems, 8. Visions of presumably transcendent parallel realms, 9. Concentrations of coercive power, 10. Corporate decision making, 11. Ways to emphasize individuals' influence. Each way of focusing attention bears its own kinds of fruit, not always anticipated clearly by those who focus the attention. Often the consequences of how attention is focused are quite different from the intentions, desires, and/or expectations of the people who focused attention--- because: 1. Honesty and integrity were absent from the focusing, 2. Ignorance and/or confusion blocked insights, 3. Disintegrative ideal/values were operative, 4. Alienated people were not in dialogue, 5. Behaviors were dominated by blinding fears, 6. Perceptions were dominated by blinding fears, 7. Attitudes and assumptions were misleading. Recovery of functionality by a dysfunctional person entails the dysfunctional person choosing to participate in the process of becoming embedded in some community of integrity---in ways which are congruent with the potentials of the person to be a person of integrity. Recovery is not achieved primarily by virtue of what other people do, although what other people do does play an essential role in opening up possibilities for becoming personally embedded in a community with integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================