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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %COMPLEXITY SIMPLICITY MORAL ETHICAL AMBIGUITY SIN+000409 %PERMUTATIONS COMBINATIONS SELF OTHER FAMILY TRIBE+000409 %CHURCH RELIGION CITY STATE NATION GOVERNMENT FAIL+000409 %DOMINATION SYSTEM COLLUSION ADDICTION CODEPENDENT 000409 We yearn for healthy simplicity and are often confronted with unhealthy complexity. If we pretend complex unhealthy contexts are simple and/or healthy ---we are in deep trouble! In a simple situation the "players" in the drama of our life might include: self, partner, parent(s), family, tribe, religious community, and governmental entities. Each "player" may be in some degree: healthy, helpful, understanding, integrative; or unhealthy, collusive, addictive, dishonest, arrogant, self-righteous, and/or domineering. "Advice" to self and other about how to respond to whatever combination of circumstances is present --- is not easy to give with integrity, grace and sensitivity. At the best we are confronted with circumstances which are far more complex and ambiguous than most leaders care to admit. Few general rules or commandments can be articulated which fit with integrity, grace and sensitivity in all circumstances. Matters are made worse when we and/or other pretend otherwise. Yet people may object if we do not pretend otherwise. That makes matters worse. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================