This-essay is a9908212.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 ========================================================== %PRESBYNET UNITY REDISCOVER BALANCE TRADITION EVIL+990821 %GOOD HERITAGE SCRIPTURE RENEWAL RESPONSIVE CHANGE+990821 %POPULATION EXPLOSION RESOURCE DEPLETION GARBAGE+990821 %SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SCHOLARLY RESEARCH PUBLICATION+990821 %COMPLEMENTARY ESSENTIALS EXCLUSION INCLUSION GODS+990821 %RELIGIOUS CORRUPTION POWER COLLUSION DOMINATIONS 990821 What is essential to personal and communal integrity? Each generation within each community must rediscover and recreate an integrative BALANCE between their communal heritage, traditions, scriptures, etc. -- - and all that which is creatively new, renewing, and responsive to the communal environment as it changes --- because of: the population explosion, resource depletion, garbage augmentation, scientific advances, technological developments and scholarly insights. This IS to say that BALANCE between essentials is essential. This IS to say that no one consideration can in an integrative way exclude from consideration any complementary essential(s). "Exclusive integrity" is an oxymoron. This IS to say that concentrations of power corrupt those people/authorities in whom/which power is concentrated --- in proportion to how concentrated-and- unchecked the power becomes. No mortals are immune to such corruption. By the rules of collusive games of mutual self deception --- collusive communities are bound to ignore, deny and/or repress their members' awareness of these ways in which IMBALANCE undermines their integrity. This IS to say that when majorities and dominant coalitions inhibit, repress or eliminate the power of the poor, weak, vulnerable, women, children, and/or minorities --- to get fair hearings of their experiences, desires, needs, hopes, aspirations, fears and feelings of injustice --- the integrity of the whole community, and of all of its members --- are severely threatened. Any religious group which persists in ignoring these realities --- cannot promote both personal and communal integrity --- no matter how hard it tries to do so, and no matter how many people's rights are sacrificed in its efforts to do so. No religious group can save itself at the expense of others whom in fear it may choose to blame, guilt or shame. (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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