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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.} ========================================================== %ESSENTIAL RULES REGULATIONS PREDICT FUTURE THEORY+950910 %REFLEXIVE OBJECTIVE COMPLEX COMMUNITY ASPECTS LOVE+950910 %LAW LEGAL CHAOS ALIENATE IGNORANCE COLLUSION EVIL 950910 Some objective processes are simple enough that with accurate information about initial conditions of a system of objects---it is possible to predict far into the future how the system of objects will behave; e.g., the planets in the solar system for a few million years into the future. But even the solar system is so complicated that it is impossible to predict its behavior one hundred million years into the future---because we cannot have accurate information about initial conditions to make such long-range predictions possible. Reflexive processes among even small groups of people are so complicated that it is not possible to predict with any degree of reliability how the members of the group will interact even for a few weeks, much less for many years. In the instance of people interacting with each other there are many aspects of the people which cannot be known at all---even though they may play a significant role in the outcome of the interactions among them. Any one aspect is unlikely to be determinative. Because there are so many aspects per person which may be influential and because group dynamics cannot be replicated it is impossible to develop and confirm a comprehensive theory of group dynamics. Only the broadest generalizations are possible, and they tend to be inaccurate and unreliable in many instances. Thus the generation of rigid rules about how people should behave in particular circumstances cannot be based upon any reliable general theory of group dynamics, for no general theory of group dynamics can be proven to be reliable. Setting up some particular theory of group dynamics and/or a set of rigid rules about how people should behave---and viewing it as the focus of ultimate concern and worship---is thus idolatrous. The outcome of personal interactions among members of any group of people depends upon all of the following factors in varying degrees---depending upon the particular people and the particular circumstances. Each of the following may pertain to individuals; or to various groupings of individuals considered as communal organisms: 1. Genetics, habits, histories and traditions. 2. Attitudes, faiths, fears, hopes and aspirations. 3. Beliefs, convictions and expectations. 4. Assumptions about possibilities/impossibilities. 5. Perceptions which depend upon the above aspects. 6. Blockages due to combinations of the above. 7. Facilitations due to combinations of the above. 8. Levels of honesty, intimacy and openness. 9. Levels of dishonesty, alienation and secrecy. 10. Formal and informal communal structures. In the light of the possible complexities in the above combinations of circumstances, it is only people who are engaged in collusive games of mutual self deception who agree with each other that they can prescribe how people should behave in terms of a set of rigid and comprehensive rules and regulations. We cannot function as communities in the absence of all rules and regulations. We need therefore to learn how to distinguish between essential rules and regulations, and other rules and regulations which go beyond those which are essential and which tend to undermine both personal and communal integrity---rather than to promote and support personal and communal integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================