This-essay is a9903061.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 ========================================================== %METACONFLICT ROOTS VIOLENCE CONTENTION VALUES LOVE+990306 %IDEALS PRINCIPLES MORALITY ETHICS GOODNESS RIGHT+990306 %LOGIC COHERENCE INTEGRITY RIGHTEOUSNESS GOOD EVIL+990306 %PEACEMAKERS CONFLICT RESOLUTION RECONCILIATION 990306 We are unlikely to be effective peacemakers if we fail to recognize the roots of our conflicts in layers of meta-conflicts wherein our daily conflicts sink their roots and gain nurture. Some conflicts are rooted simply in conflicting selfish desires, wants and covetousness. Two people want the same thing and fight over it; e.g., territory, possessions, money, women, food, etc. In such conflicts there are no high ideals, values, principles. The conflicts are rooted in self- centered attempts at dominance; rather than in meta- conflicts between transcendent values and ideals. Other conflicts are rooted in conflicts between competing ideals, values, principles, ethics, moral codes, etc. In principle the people are committed to high ideals which transcend self-centered attempts at dominance. The people are in conflict because of their high ideals which are in conflict with each other --- in ways which have not been resolved. The people are in conflict because of metaconflicts between the conflicting high ideals. If the people have not agreed upon meta-ideals, meta-values, meta-principles, and meta-reasoning through which to resolve meta-conflicts; the people are unlikely to be able to participate in meta-conflict-resolution as effective peacemakers. Often people are dedicated to achieving high levels of self-righteousness, arrogance, dominance, and superiority---in accordance to conflicting ideals, values, principles, and ways of reasoning. Other people may be dedicated to promoting/enjoying both personal and communal integrity through the exchange of free gifts of the freedom to be safely vulnerable in open and honest dialogue. The people who are dedicated to achieving high levels of self-righteousness, arrogance, dominance, and superiority---in accordance to conflicting ideals, values, principles, and ways of reasoning---will be unable to recognize that they are engaged in a META-META-conflict with the people who are dedicated to promoting/enjoying both personal and communal integrity through the exchange of free gifts of the freedom to be safely vulnerable in open and honest dialogue. Such people may regard those other people who do not see the world through their color of glasses --- as people who are thoroughly evil and worthy of excommunication at the hands of the thoroughly righteous people. There often exist META-META-conflicts over whether or not conflicts should ever be truly resolved with positive advantages to all those who have been victims of the conflicts. Some people believe that their own fulfillment will best be achieved by perpetuating the conflicts which have so greatly harmed them --- so as to insure that those who have been responsible for the conflicts are at least equally harmed by the perpetuated conflicts. People make it their duty to keep alive the memories of past wrongs --- so that the past wrongs can be righted by additional wrongs in perpetuated conflicts. Such conflicts do not end. META-META-conflicts become exceedingly destructive of personal and communal integrity --- when those who promote the conflicts regard their own affirmations as having exclusive validity; i.e., that to maintain their own affirmations in their own minds it is essential to deny the validity of complementary affirmations made by differing peoples. Then the people engaged in the META- META-conflicts cannot learn from each other; for they alienate themselves from each other as mortal enemies who can never be trusted. They forget that alienation is the root of and fruit of all evil relationships. (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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