This-essay is a9702041.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 ========================================================== %SELF DEFENSE MUTUAL SURVIVAL BEING TRULY TOGETHER+970204 %ULTIMATE CONFLICT RESOLUTION VALUES IDEALS EVIL+970204 %COMMUNAL PERSONAL INTEGRITY HONESTY VIOLENCE WAR+970204 %ESCAPE PRISON COLLUSIVE GAME MUTUAL SELF DECEPTION 970204 Our survival as individuals and as communities depends upon resolving conflicts among our ultimate values and ideals. Often we are tempted to defend ourselves only as individuals. When we yield to such temptations we drive ourselves apart without regard for the fact that we cannot survive in purely individualistic ways; for personal and communal integrity are essentially interdependent. Often we are tempted to think that we can survive only by sacrificing our individuality to the will of others, the community, traditions, formulas, systems, etc. When we yield to such temptations we undermine our communal integrity by being dishonest about our personal differences and refusing to deal honestly with our differences in creative ways. When we are confused about, and in conflict with, the relative importance of high level values and ideals, we need to look for experiential evidence which supports and challenges our current notions of what is most important. Mistakes may have been made in regards to what is most important; and such mistakes need to be recognized and dealt with openly and honestly---else they will be repeated for all eternity. When we are confused and in conflict about the relative importance of high level values and ideals, we need to consider some basic facts of life: 1. When people are dishonest with themselves and each other---the people and their communities disintegrate. 2. Personal integrity, and communal integrity, are essentially interdependent; thus neither can be sacrificed to promote the other. 3. When conflicts fester, unresolved to the satisfaction of all of those involved---all of those involved and their communities disintegrate without satisfaction, meaning or hope. People who do not want to resolve conflicts disintegrate. 4. The meaning of each message depends as much upon the approach to the message by the recipient, as upon the intentions of the generator of the message---so neither can fully control the meaning in any true sense. Thus people who try to control the meanings of messages do not truly communicate through open and honest dialogue. 5. In a changing universe, we need to be cautious about believing that we know and possess any absolute reflexive truths about us which are eternal and unchanging. When we are arrogant and believe we know and possess absolute truths---we and our communities disintegrate through the tragic consequences of many alienative relationships, manipulations, coercions and violence. (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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