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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.} ========================================================== %CONFORM PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITY COERCE VIOLATE 961004 Communities and persons who are coercive in trying to promote conformity are bound to undermine communal and personal integrity. Coerced conformity bottles up creativity, integrative insights, honest, dialogue, learning skills, conflict resolution, anger, and resentment; and encourages people to seek revenge. The greater is the disparity in power between those seeking to enforce conformity and those who are prone not to conform---the more likely that there will be an explosion. The less that the power-less have to lose, the more likely they are to respond to violence with increased violence. The more that the power-full are power-full---the more prone that they are (1) to use their power in violent ways in efforts to impose conformity, (2) the more that they have to lose if they fail, (3) and the more likely that they are to fail. Wise power-full people know that coercion will come back to haunt them. Wise power-full people know that it is in their interest to engage in true conflict resolution with people who are less power-full than themselves. Personal and communal integrity are threatened by each and every effort to use power to impose conformity upon the power-less. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================