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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.} ========================================================== %RESIST CHANGE CONSERVE GOODNESS OPPOSE EVIL 960721 People often seek to conserve goodness by trying to keep the old which they regard as the essence of goodness. They thus often fall into the trap of trying to resist change. Instead of actually and truly resisting change they are often dishonest about the changes which inevitably take place---and which often take place because of their own dishonesty. It is not change which we need to resist, for change is the essence of all processes. The essence of goodness is not in what has been, in the old. Being dishonest leads inevitably to changes due to human alienations, estrangements and excommunications. We cannot enjoy personal and communal integrity if we are compulsively fixated upon maintaining the status-quo which we regard as "good". Traditions have their place in life---but they are not worthy of worship. The ways of our ancestors may have been right for them in their environment; but they are not necessarily right for us in our environment which is changed from the environment of our ancestors. We can enjoy personal and communal integrity if we honestly seek to promote integrative changes in ourselves and in our communities. If we are resisting integrative changes we may be trying to answer misleading and disintegrative questions. So long as we accept misleading and disintegrative questions as worthy of being answered on their own terms; so long we will be torn apart in conflict over how to answer such misleading questions---when we should focus our attention cooperatively upon other more integrative questions instead. Sometime it is not easy to avoid answering misleading and disintegrative questions on their terms. There are coercive people who often seek to embarrass us by insisting on us answering their misleading and disintegrative questions on their terms; terms which are often dichotomous and which cannot be answered truly in either of the "permitted" ways. The challenge is to transcend the questions as they are formulated, and to help others transcend the coercive questions as they are formulated by manipulative people. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================