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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.} ========================================================== %HALF-WAY TRANSITION HOUSE COMMUNITY TRANSFORM LOVE+951101 %PARADIGM TRANSCENDENCE ESCAPE COLLUSION PRISON+951101 %EVIL ALIENATION ESTRANGEMENT EXCOMMUNICATION SIN 951101 It is helpful to create and maintain half-way houses within communities which are dedicated to helping people in transition from a dysfunctional paradigm to a functional paradigm. In half-way houses leaders of the communities centered there do not regard their houses as places in which to exercise all of their freedoms without regard for the needs of people who are in transition from their dysfunctional paradigms of origin---to hoped for functional paradigms of personal and communal integrity. In such half-way houses leaders of the community seek to facilitate transitions from dysfunctional paradigms to functional paradigms. The full exercise of personal freedoms within the framework of functional paradigms is likely to threaten people beginning to make the transition and so will not be helpful to them. Premature threats are likely to trigger defensive reflex behaviors and undermine the possibility of transcending the dysfunctional paradigms of origin. Half-way houses need to be places within communities which provide secure contexts in which open and honest dialogue becomes possible to people who are in transition. True security is known as the freedom to be safely vulnerable. Abrupt changes and threats made by the exercise of all the freedoms of people who enjoy living within functional paradigms---are changes and threats which are likely to undermine the possibility of new people making the transition---and so need to be charitably avoided within half-way houses and their communities of love. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================