This-essay is a9704131.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 ========================================================== %INTEGRATIVE VIRTUES MUTUAL LIGHT REVELATION 970413 Integrative virtues are seen in each other's light, and help those people who respect the integrative virtues to see themselves in each other's light, and in the light of the integrative virtues. Integrative virtues do not serve to place themselves (or any special people who respect the integrative virtues) above any others in exclusive ways. Integrative virtues are not seen in isolation as special, and do not help any people to be seen in isolation as special. Integrative virtues are often seen as embedded in paradoxes and ambiguity---because each one often reveals the limitations of other ones so that none Lords it over any other one in coercive ways. Integrative virtues cannot be embedded in integrative ways within unqualified commandments, proscriptions, prescriptions, or demands. If we are compulsive about being honest in telling all we know---without humility, gentleness and sympathetic consideration---we are likely to do great harm. If we are compulsive in seeking perfection in ourselves and others---without honest consideration of human limitations---we likely to do great harm. If we are compulsive in trying to save others in keeping with our conception of salvation---without respect for the diverse forms of personal and communal integrity which God has created---we are likely to do great harm. If we are compulsive in our preoccupations with the distinctions between what acts are good and what acts are evil---without respect for how the acts flow from alienative or integrative human relationships---we are likely to great harm. Compulsive preoccupation with any one aspect of being whole with integrity as children within God's whole family---is likely to lead us to do great harm. Such specialization is usually harmful and unworthy of respect, and unworthy of support. Integrative virtues do not call upon us to be preoccupied with issues of control in any special or exclusive way. To understand each of the integrative virtues we need to see each one in relation to each other; in relation to others in pairs, and in relationship to constellations of others as far as human vision, intelligence and understanding permit. We need to respect ambiguity and paradoxes in the light of numerous combinations of integrative virtues and the holy diversity which God created within the whole of creation. The great commandments are best understood in the light of each other and in the light of diverse human experiences and perceptions of the meanings of human experiences, perceptions and understandings. (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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