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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.} ========================================================== %BEST IDEAL VALUE PRINCIPLE RULE LAW CONSTRAINT SIN 950621 There are many ways in which people relate to the best ideals, values, principles, rules, laws, constraints, disciplines, etc. with which they are familiar. Each way of relating has characteristic consequences---and we will do well to be aware of, name, describe, and talk about the characteristic consequences of each way. 1. Some people clutch to some presumably static and ultimate definition of what is good behavior, and what is bad behavior---and pride themselves in how good they are in passing judgements and executing condemnations in terms of what they clutch to. They may clutch to favorite passages of scriptures, laws, rules, regulations, prohibitions, taboos, etc. The characteristic consequences are evil because they are alienative and lead to personal and communal disintegration. Such people are often called "fundamentalists" because they focus upon what they regard as the fundamentals of their faith. 2. Some people emphasize the situations in which people find themselves and seek to discern what is best to do and how best to respond to what other people do in terms of the situation; the context for possible behavior and response. They make no rules absolute and talk in terms of situation ethics. They are relatively tolerant of others and are not usually prone to generate alienation. 3. Some people study the spectrum of ways in which people seek to make decisions and guide their actions; focusing their attention upon offering descriptions of the full spectrum of ways and what follows for those who emphasize different ways. 4. Some people seek to recognize, name, describe and talk about the conflicts which are inherent within and between different ways of defining what is appropriate and helpful behavior on the one hand, and what is personally and communally disintegrative on the other hand---and then seek to resolve such conflicts. 5. Some people seek to work to resolve the conflicts between the people who internalize conflicting ideals and values---and seek to promote the evolution of ideals and values which will promote a minimum of conflicts, because they are themselves coherent and integrative. 6. Some people seek to describe the process of the evolution of ideals and values which promote personal and communal integrity. 7. Some people seek to describe the history of the battles between peoples who are dedicated to the conflicting ideals and values which promote personal and communal conflicts, battles, wars and destruction. 8. Some people seek to trace the origins through evolutionary history of the patterns of conflicts between species, and between members of the same species---for example with a particular emphasis upon territorial definitions and defenses. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================