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This-essay is a9907211.htm which is available at the web-site 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 ========================================================== %MISLEADING COMMUNAL PRIORITIES DICHOTOMIES 990721 Often members of informal communities mislead each other by focusing upon dichotomous issues and diversionary priorities. Often what is important is what they do not do, rather than what they actually do. In many situations what is called for is communal cooperation in assuring that the most important needs of the members of the extended community are met; e.g, good quality and adequate: food, water, air, health care, shelter, fellowship, etc. Members of some communities FAIL TO COOPERATE in assuring the meeting of those needs for all members of their extended community. MEMBERS GO THEIR INDIVIDUAL SEPARATE WAYS and NEGLECT to cooperate. Cooperation is lacking in meeting basic needs, and instead members support each other in focusing attention on how good they are themselves --- because of how they have correctly taken sides in contests over who is most righteous and self-righteous. Such contests distract attention away from the importance of communal cooperation in meeting basic human needs. Dichotomous thinking plays a significant role in misleading people --- away from considering in a communal way what is more important than what they are doing, so as to be able communally to set wise priorities in regards to how the community as a whole focuses its attention and spends its limited time, energies and resources. Dichotomous people narrow their concerns to questions and answers which focus upon: either/or, yes/no, right/wrong, accepted/rejected, included/excluded and good/evil. If there is inadequate cooperation --- important needs are likely to be ignored. Members of a community need to come together on a regular basis to look at the full spectrum of needs in the community --- to discern which needs are being neglected. Individuals acting as individuals cannot responsibly fulfill this need for communal discernment of neglected priorities. It is a need which can be fulfilled only within the contexts of communal meetings and cooperation. The responsibility rests with the whole community --- acting as an integrated whole. It is a responsibility which cannot be fulfilled by even the "best" of individuals acting "responsibly". It is irresponsible for the "best" of individuals to fail to cooperate communally in helping the community acting as an integrated whole --- to fulfill its responsibility in this matter. When the "best" of the individuals in a community are preoccupied with how "good" they --- are because of how they avoid "bad" individual behaviors, and how good they are because of how they concentrate on "good" individual behaviors; then is when the community as a whole and its individual members disintegrate. All fall apart in contentious conflicts and alienative coercion. They fall because they fail to recognize the tragic importance of working for reconciliation and the transcendence of alienative behavior patterns. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================
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