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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.} ========================================================== %CONFORMITY ESSENCE VIRTUE VICE COMPLEMENTARY RIGHT 040716 %ESSENTIAL FOUNDATION CONTENT ACCEPT REJECT CLIQUE 040716 %COOPERATE COLABORATE BALANCE MUTUAL GRACIOUS KINDS 040716 %WORLD ASTRONOMICAL COSMIC VIEW PARADIGM DISCIPLINE 040716 Conformity is not the essence of virtue. There are many mutually complementary virtues. Conformity is not an outstanding virtue. No one virtue is the essence of virtue. In the absence of many essential virtues, there is not much virtue. It is not virtuous to contend about which are the essential virtues, to say which virtues are "in" and which virtues are "out". It is virtuous to work cooperatively to integrate many mutually complementary virtues in ways which are balanced, mutual, gracious, patient, kind, healing, civil, etc. It is not virtuous to contend over who has done the best job of integrating virtues in an especially virtuous way. It is not virtuous to contend about rankings and levels of acceptability. There are many world-views regarding virtues and vices; e.g., the ancient Jewish world-view reflected in the Jewish Scriptures as used by Jews today, the Old Testament world-view as used by modern Christians, New Testament world-view as viewed by modern Christians, the Koran's world-view as viewed by Muslims, etc. Other world-views function among: addicts, codependents, colluders, capitalists, Republicans, Democrats, businessmen, CEOs, investors, dominators, and true-lovers. Below we contrast only the last two world views named, in terms of their virtues and vices. What you regard as virtues depends upon whether or not your are a "True-Lover" or in the service of "The Domination System". The following is a simplified view of a much more complicated reality of many contrasts. The following points only imperfectly to some truths; but does not offer a complete representation of those truths. True-Lovers'-Virtues Dominators'-Virtues which are which are Dominators'-Vices True-Lovers'-Vices Honesty Pretense Openness Secrecy Integrity Control Balance Extremism Coherence Slavish-conformity Tolerance Slavish-obedience Reconciliation Winning-oppressively Generosity Property-Management Hospitality Enemy-management Civility Contentiousness Integration Purification Humility Certainty Grace Assertiveness Intimacy Invulnerability Personal-service Personal-advancement Communal-service Communal-domination (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================