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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.} ========================================================== %UNDERSTANDING BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES WORK 030501 %LARGE NETWORKS INTEGRATION PEOPLE IDEALS VALUES 030501 %OPPOSITION DOMINATION SYSTEM DOMINEERING LEADERS 030501 %OPENNESS DISHONEST EXPOSURE POWER CONCENTRATION 030501 %CONTROL SEXUAL INTIMACY PRIVACY ABUSE ADDICTION 030501 EXPERIMENTAL RELATIONSHIPS SECURITY VULNERABILITY 030501 Building healthy communities entails building increasingly larger networks of well integrated people and groups of people. Thus, building healthy communities entails being aware of and dealing with the challenges to and within such expansions of meaningful intimate communications among people. Not all people welcome such expansions of honesty. We need to understand why some people oppose such expansions of open and honest communication --- and we need to find ways to encourage and facilitate healthy expansions of open and honest communication. The following overview may be helpful: For each individual person, and For each two people in dialogue, and For each small group of people in dialogue, and For each larger group of people working together, And, for each combination of the above --- There are diverse levels/dimensions of --- Objective/subjective/reflexive awareness which may be: subconscious, dreaming, fantasy, articulated, verbalized, in-dialogue, in other sharing, or just in being together. In any of the above situations there are diverse levels/dimensions of being comfortable-with at-home-with and/or well-integrated-with each reality; privately and/or publicly. How the above relationships "play-out" depends much upon the accidental/intentional presence/absence of: Domineering people, Taboos/excommunications, Domination system(s), Collusive games of mutual self-deception, Addictions and/or codependencies, Lovers, diplomats, mediators; Integrative conceptual frameworks/paradigms, Sanctuary-communities, Supportive legal, educational, professional and political frameworks; People willing to take prudent risks, People "avoiding" all risk-taking, Facilitators in tragedy-mitigation, Facilitators in reconciliation/healing. To promote and facilitate the building of healthy and well-integrated communities/members the following kinds of considerations need to be kept in mind: 1. Security is not achieved by eliminating vulnerability; or by technocratic means of any kind. 2. The truest and most profound kinds of security entail being safely vulnerable in intimate relationships with different other people. 3. The greater the number of people involved and the more intimate that the relationships among the people are --- the more profound and difficult are the challenges to promoting and facilitating the true integration, health and welfare of and for the people who are directly and indirectly involved in the relationships. 4. Focusing primarily upon people as isolated individuals is rarely at all helpful --- in the absence of a corresponding focus upon the qualities of the relationships of the people who are most significantly involved in the inter-personal relationships within which "isolated individuals" are involved. 5. It may be essential to identify instances of neglect wherein individuals and/or communities have failed to minister to the basic human needs of alienated individual persons --- who have become the focus of concern of law enforcement officials. See item four just above. 6. Focusing upon assigning blame, shame and guilt on individuals --- will not be at all helpful --- unless there are correspondingly significant efforts to promote and facilitate: integrative-understanding on the part of individuals and communities, reconciliation, and healing --- for all who have been affected by unwelcome events. 7. It is not enough to work in terms of formal and/or informal: laws, rules, commandments, prescriptions, proscriptions, rituals, procedures, formalities, etc. It is also essential to give due and gracious consideration to the hopes, fears, desires, expectations, aspirations, etc. of the individuals who have been affected by what they consider to be unwelcome and/or welcomed events. 8. The concentration of unbalanced/unchecked power into the hands of relatively few people --- may seem to help resolve short term crises --- but will most likely engender many more and serious long-term conflicts and crises. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================