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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.} ========================================================== %LACK PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITY 980510 We lack personal and communal integrity so long as we: 1. Are involved in enduring coercive/violent conflicts with each other and/or within our selves. 2. Cannot fully trust each other in the making of complementary affirmations. 3. Cannot fully trust each other in the sharing of open and honest descriptions of our own personal experiences, beliefs, hopes, fears and aspirations. 4. Are more concerned with our appearances --- than with our personal and communal integrity in being true to ourselves and each other. 5. Do not recognize the differences between dilemmas in our personal relationships --- and technical problems. 6. Believe that we can prevent/control tragedies through technical manipulations and controls. 7. Regard good and evil as attributes of individual isolated people --- rather than as attributes of relationships between/among persons/communities. 8. Regard blame, shame, guilt, condemnation and exclusion --- as manipulative tools which can be used in integrative ways which are worthy of respect and support. 9. Regard excommunication of evil people and/or our enemies --- as an effective tool for dealing with the behaviors of those whom we do not understand, respect or trust. 10. Fail to learn from our mistakes and from the mistakes of those other persons who most influence our: emotions, thoughts, attitudes, fears, hopes, aspirations, beliefs, convictions, decisions, and actions. 11. Waste our energy, time and available resources in trying to control each other and/or those natural processes which we cannot ever control. 12. Play collusive games of mutual self-deception --- while denying the existence of those games and of the tacit rules which govern our dishonest plays, pretentiousness, arrogance and self-righteousness. 13. Go to unbalanced extremes in our efforts to be better, more righteous and successfully dominant --- than are others who we do not truly know, understand or trust. 14. Fail to honor and respect people who work effectively/honestly in efforts to promote mutual/balanced understanding, reconciliation and conflict-resolution. 15. Are not distressed by the fragmentation and disintegration engendered by our continuing coercive and/or violent conflicts with others. 16. Pretend not to lack personal and communal integrity under the above circumstances. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================