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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.} ========================================================== %RENEWAL WAYS CHANGE SUGGEST PRIORITY WEB CONNECT+961027 %FAMILY SCHOOL BUSINESS NURTURE SUPPORT ABUSE LOVE+961027 %PRIORITY FOUNDATION BUILDING SUPPORT ACCEPT AFFIRM 961027 We are prone to cling to the familiar, even if it is terrible. We fear the unfamiliar, even if it would be an improvement over our terribly familiar life. We need to find renewing ways to change by articulating suggested integrative ideals and discovering latent agreement as to which suggestions are most likely to bear integrative fruit---and so should receive priority attention. Those suggestions which the most people regard as of high important should get special attention if they also enjoy net overall support; but not so if they are the focus of general conflict between proponents and opponents; or if they do not enjoy even general support of a majority. To deal with the dilemmas of life we need to recognize that the fabric of life is a woven web containing many strands. Life cannot be understood or dealt with as if it were a single cord, thread or road. There are many ways in which people find fulfillment and in which people are mislead into tragedies. We are fools if we close our eyes and/or ears to the many alternatives and to where they each lead. Narrow-mindedness leads to ignorance, not to wisdom. We need to consider our own experience---and also all that has past which has colored how we perceive and talk about what has happened around us: our heredity, family nurture, family abuse, schooling, business experiences, addictions, codependence, love, acceptance, rejection, etc. All can color how we perceive and interpret what happens around us. Our experiences are not objective realities---they are our interpretations of our perceptions of our interactions with our environment. At our peril we ignore all the threads which come together to generate our experiences. Different people living in similar circumstances today may have quite different perceptions and give quite different interpretations of what they perceive---because of differences between their pasts and our pasts. They may have previous experiences of rape, terrorism, wars, rejections, condemnations, hunger, thirst, neglect and pain---of which we are ignorant. They are bound to perceive and experience differently than are we. When we are seeking to engender a consensus as to what may be the most integrative and renewing ways to change we need to seek to understand both what we have in common and what we do not have in common---which leads us to look to the future indifferent ways. It is futile to pretend that some of us have the right answers and others of us are ignorant, foolish, stupid, etc. To work together we must work to discover what we will be most willing and able to work together on. Then cooperation can be realized. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================