This-essay is a9909261.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 #1240 ESSENTIAL THINGS TRANSCEND+990926 %DOMINATION SYSTEM COMPETITION COERCION VIOLENCE+990926 %DEBATE CONTENTION HEALTHY RELATIONS OBEDIENCE SIN+990926 %GOOD EVIL PEOPLE DISCIPLINE CONFORMITY LAW RULE 990926 What is essential to personal and communal integrity? Here "essential" is used to DESCRIBE whatever by its absence leads to personal and communal disintegration. "Essential" here does NOT mean "most important." ***** It is essential that leaders and members of the community transcend ways which are competitive, coercive and violent --- and come together in ways which are cooperative and designed to build long term healthy relationships. This IS to say that competition over writing the rules of engagement in competition, debate and conflict --- will not lay the foundations for meaningful unity or long term healthy relationships. This IS to say that an emphasis upon obedience, discipline or loyalty --- is likely to be part of competition over writing the rules of engagement ---which will not lay the foundations for meaningful unity or long term healthy relationships. This IS to say that focusing upon criteria for deciding who is qualified to be in and remain in communication, fellowship and community --- will plant the seeds of personal and communal disintegration. This IS to say that healthy unity is not the fruits of "good" people winning in contests/battles with "evil" people. This IS to say that healthy unity is not the fruits of "good" people gaining the necessary power and positions of dominance needed for them to control the "forces of evil". This IS to say that "evil" is not overcome by coercion, discipline, superior power, dominance or techniques of control --- because the essence of evil is alienation, estrangement and the lack of balance within relationships. This IS to say that the above considerations apply to both informal and formal relationships which involve people as individuals and as members of formal institutions; the greater the powers involved, the greater the risks of alienation through the abuse of great power. This IS to say that "evil" is reduced through the gracious exchange of free gifts of the freedom to be safely vulnerable within intimate relationships which are balanced, mutual, open, honest, gentle, healing and liberating. This IS to say that unity is an aspect of communities which are sanctuaries within which healing becomes possible for people who are victims of coercion, domination, violence, addictions and collusions. (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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