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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.} ========================================================== %RIGHT WRONG GOOD EVIL PRIORITY ALTERNATIVE CHOICE 960816 Dichotomous people often focus upon issues of right and wrong, good and evil, acceptable and non-acceptable. They ask questions which can be answered with yes or no or some other pair of mutually exclusive terms. The more important questions of life are different, not dichotomous. The more important questions of life have to do with spectrums of possibilities and alternatives; and with choices made in terms of spectrums of priorities. 1. Do people have clear priorities and keep them in mind and make choices informed by their priorities? 2. Are people's priorities coherent---do they fit with each other in a reasonable way? 3. Are people's choices made with integrity and presented openly and honestly as flowing from their priorities? 4. Do people re-evaluate their priorities in terms of the fruits of their choices as they themselves have experienced those fruits? 5. Is there a clear and coherent theoretical structure which shows how people's priorities are inter- related with each other; and with other people's priorities? Questions such as those above are far more likely to lead to helpful responses, than are dichotomous questions of right or wrong, good or evil. The above questions are not offered in the expectation of yes or no answers. They are offered as suggestive of the kinds of considerations which need to be encouraged. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================