This-essay is a9701131.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %BASIS FOUNDATION GROUNDS COMMUNAL UNITY COHERENCE+970113 %HUMAN NEED ACCEPTANCE LOVE AFFIRMATION AFFECTION 970113 To be fully human, people need to live within the context of a community which affirms members in ways which engender integrity and security. Different people and different communities seek to ground their communal unity and security in different ways; some of which are authentic and integrative---and some of which are not. Some exclusive communities seek to achieve unity and security by engendering conflicts between the members who are accepted into the community and those people who are kept out of the community. Such conflicts with "outsiders" give meaning to being in the community and divert attention away from conflicts within the community. In extreme cases, nations foment wars for this reason. Some religious groups define themselves by who they keep out, and whom they excommunicate; whom they are unwilling to learn anything from through open and honest dialogue. Such communities play collusive games of mutual self deception, and keep themselves ignorant about what is happening outside of their communities. They are prone to being defensive in ways which undermine their own and other people's security. They are not peacemakers. Some activity groups define themselves by some kind of hobby, game or activity which is the basis of their togetherness: bowling, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, tennis, swimming, diving, hiking, mountain climbing, surfing, racing, stamp collecting, square dancing, golf, card playing, etc. They may be into participation or into spectating. Often they play games which are structured by explicitly articulated and mutually agreed upon rules, referees, and/or official judges. Often the games are competitive with expectations that participants will be "good sports" about not winning. Usually such groups do not engender alienative conflict or violence. Professional organizations are groups which focus upon the knowledge, skills and services of each profession---to improve and perpetuate the profession and its fellowship. Their activities affirm the paradigm which characterized the profession, and the way of life of the professionals who belong to it. They may contrast themselves with others who lack the benefits of the superior knowledge, insights, skills, and way of life which distinguish their profession. Sometimes they are alienated from others who are not like them. Some communities are essentially inclusive of all who honestly and with integrity seek fellowship within the communities. Some people do not seek fellowship within such communities---because they do not value honesty, personal integrity or communal integrity. Other ideals and values stand in the way of their valuing honesty, personal integrity and communal integrity. Integrative communities keep their doors open with the possibility that people will come around to their open doors in the future. Within such open, honest and integrative communities, people find the kinds of contexts which affirm members in ways which engender integrity and security. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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