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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.} ========================================================== %COMMUNAL PERSONAL INTEGRITY COERCION VIOLENCE EVIL 981113 Often disintegrative communities take advantage of creative individuals' needs for communal acceptance. Such needs are treated as a point of vulnerability --- and are used in order to coercively enforce conformity, formulas, and prescriptions which the creative individuals seek to help the community transcend. Such disintegrative communities do not merit respect, honor and support --- as if they were integrative communities. Neither individuals nor communities are helpfully granted merit, respect or honor for what they really are. Might does not make right when it comes to communal enforcement of disintegrative demands for mind-less, soul- less, and body-less --- conformity, obedience, or recitation of pledges of loyalty to what the community thoughtlessly stands for. Communities and their members cannot truly enjoy both personal and communal integrity in the absence of creative individuals --- who freely seek integrity and honesty --- in being true to themselves and others in whole and healthy personal relationships. That which is most worthy of honor, respect and support --- cannot be called into being through coercion and/or conformity --- with threats against those who might dare to be creative nonconformists --- like the greatest religious leaders down through history. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================