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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.} ========================================================== %PRINCIPLES COHERENCE INTEGRITY 980228 The following text describes some principles which pertain to coherent ideals, values, and behaviors that promote personal and communal integrity --- or to the obverse of them. In the text which follows, the intent is to describe --- NOT to prescribe or proscribe; to point to --- NOT to contain or control. If in our enthusiasm to affirm what we regard as of great importance --- we neglect to acknowledge the principles to which the following text points --- our enthusiasm is without love, bears bitter fruit and leads to little worth respect or support. 1. Dishonest/deceptive behaviors lead to personal and communal disintegration. 2. Coercive/violent behaviors lead to personal and communal disintegration. 3. Alienative/excommunicative behaviors lead to personal and communal disintegration. 4. Preoccupations with issues of control are disintegrative. 5. Personal disintegration leads to communal disintegration. 6. Communal disintegration leads to personal disintegration. 7. Personal and communal integrity are in essence interdependent. 8. Balance is essential to personal/communal integrity. 9. Exclusivity is destructive of personal/communal integrity. 10. Evil is an aspect of, and a product of alienative RELATIONSHIPS. 11. Individual people are not evil in the absence of alienation. 12. Alienation is a perverted kind of human RELATIONSHIP. 13. Alienation is always reciprocal, blocking two way dialogue. 14. The use of fear, shame and guilt as tools of control leads toward the disintegrative of persons and communities. 15. Denigrations engender alienative RELATIONSHIPS which are evil. 16. Self-righteousness engenders alienative RELATIONSHIPS which are evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================