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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.} ========================================================== %HIT BOTTOM OUT ALCOHOL ADDICT FAILED PARADIGM NEW+961123 %REVOLUTIONARY SHIFT IDEALS VALUES PRINCIPLES LAWS+961123 %CONFLICT RESOLUTION VIOLENCE TRANSCENDENCE WARS 961123 When we finally acknowledge that our traditional paradigm is fundamentally dysfunctional we need to seek a healthy way to make a fundamental paradigm shift: a revolutionary shift in assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, ultimate concerns, foci, convictions, and ways of thinking and associating with people, ideals and values. We may need to shift our primary attention away from: alcohol, drugs, work, sex, knowledge, power, technology, research, manipulations, controls, standards, perfection, reputations---and whatever else may have been in the spotlight of our dysfunctional patterns of striving. We cannot make such a fundamental paradigm shift under the guidance of our traditional paradigm! We cannot plan and control the outcome of making such a shift! We cannot even anticipate the outcome of making such a revolutionary paradigm shift. The best we can do is to recognize the ways in which we have seen our old paradigm to be dysfunctional; perhaps in terms of why and how our traditional paradigm has led us into personal and communal disintegration. What has been lacking? What has been dominant in ways which have pushed essential considerations out of our lives? How and why have we lost our balance? How and why have we become alienated and lost or destroyed our friends and intimate relationships? What hints are there of new ways, paradigms, friends, ideals, values and principles which are more likely to promote both personal and communal integrity---than our paradigm and its supporters? Where can we shift our trust to? What seems most likely to be worthy of new kinds of trust in risky situations? We do not have to make just one big jump into a new unknown. We can make little steps to tentatively test the reliability of new ways, paradigms, friends, ideals, values and principles which are more likely to promote both personal and communal integrity. On the basis of what we learn through honest searching using such little steps, we can venture farther and farther into new territory which at first may have looked exceedingly dangerous. As we learn bit by bit we can develop confidence in taking bigger steps which at first might have appeared exceedingly dangerous --- because we could not anticipate or control the outcome of taking such steps; and cannot control their outcomes. We can, however, learn to anticipate when the outcomes are likely to be integrative---and when the outcomes are likely to be disintegrative. Such anticipation is not knowledge of the outcomes---even though it may give us confidence that the outcomes will enhance our personal and communal integrity in the long term. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================