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This-essay is a9911212.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 ========================================================== %SUBVERSION DIVERSION CONVERSION DOMINANT PARADIGM+991121 %COERCION MANIPULATION VIOLENT VIOLENCE WAR TERROR+991121 %CHRISTIAN ROMAN ARMY BELIEF COLLUSIVE SYSTEM EVIL+991121 %SCIENTIFIC TECHNOCRATIC WORLD VIEW COSMOLOGY GOOD 991121 Throughout human history there have been conflicts between: tribes, nations, belief systems, races, religions, paradigms, ethnic groups, etc. In each conflict various questions have in effect been asked: 1. Who will be dominant and/or dominate --- and how? 2. Who will generate profound changes --- and how? 3. Who will preserve advantages --- and how? 4. Who will capture/gain advantages --- and how? 5. Who will SUBvert dominant SYSTEMS --- and how? 6. Who will SUBvert dominant PEOPLE --- and how? 7. Who will CONvert dominant SYSTEMS --- and how? 8. Who will CONvert dominant PEOPLE --- and how? 9. Will collusions or honesty win in the end? 10. Will addictions or health win in the end? 11. Will violence or cooperation win in the end? 12. Will authority or creativity win in the end? 13. Will legalities or grace win in the end? 14. Will dichotomies or integration win in the end? 15. Who will be creative and/or destructive leaders? 16. Who is honored and respected in healthy ways? 17. Who is honored and respected in unhealthy ways? 18. Who creates and uses power in healthy ways? 19. Who creates and abuses power in unhealthy ways? 20. What will be remembered, and what be forgotten? 21. Who will be remembered, and who be forgotten? 21. What ideas/ideals will be clarified/remembered? 22. What ideas/ideals will be confused/forgotten? 23. What ideas/ideals will be perverted/converted? 24. What ideas/ideals will be abused/enslaved? Histories tend to be written by the dominant survivors --- who often fail to give accurate accounts of: the lives, views, ideas, ideals, perspectives, beliefs, integrities, and life styles --- of those who were dominated, oppressed, vanquished, destroyed, misunder- stood, reviled, etc. It is often hard to discern with any real degree of reliability the truth about participants in ancient conflicts --- or about the real nature of the roots of the conflicts. Sometimes small minorities learn how to deal with oppressive people without becoming oppressive people themselves. Some minorities learn to subvert and convert the world-view/paradigm of oppressive people; surprise them, and liberate them from their collusive games of violent mutual self deception. Some people transcend oppressive people's preoccupations with issues of control --- and help such people become people who learn to cooperate with each other --- and with those peoples whom they have oppressed as being beneath them. In his book "The Powers That Be" Walter Wink suggests that the very early Christians were such a gracious minority people --- before the Christian religion was itself subverted and became the state religion exercising oppressive powers and dispositions. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================
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