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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.} ========================================================== %ASSESSING RELATIVE ADVANTAGES MEANS FOCAL CONCERNS 070504 %BEING ABLE ROBUST ENDURING COMMUNITY CULTURE FOCUS 070504 %DOMINEERING PEOPLE TRUE LOVERS SUCCESSFUL BOTTOM 070504 %LINE CONCENTRATIONS WEALTH POWERS COALITION POLITY 070504 %POLITICS MARGINAL GAIN PREVAIL CULTURAL REVOLUTION 070504 %AUTHENTIC TRUE LOVERS PEACEMAKERS MYTHIC VIOLENCE 070504 On what grounds can either Domineering-People or True- Lovers make the case that their Focal-Concerns are in the Long-Term --- More-Robust-and-Enduring than the other's? Domineering-People are likely to claim that they can be more successful than True-Lovers in determining the outcome of individual contests; day-by-day, month-by- month, and year-by-year. Domineering-People often believe that the Long-Term-Outcome is determined by the Sum-Total- of-Individual-Contests. Domineering-People usually do not spend much of their time studying the histories of Empires-which-Rise-through- Domination; but in-the-long-term fail when Domination-is- Not-Enough. True-Lovers have a Less-Provincial and Longer-Term- View of what it takes to be Long-Term Highly-Robust-and- Enduring. The following are among What-It-Takes for a COMMUNITY-as-a-WHOLE to be Long-Term Highly-Robust-and- Enduring: 1. Working to Avoid Alienations-and-Estrangements WHICH: a. Engender Simplistic-Idealism's Tragedies. b. Undermine Learning-from-mistakes-made. c. Promote debilitating prejudices/biases. d. Undermine Distributive-Justice & Cooperation. e. Lead to ignorance about others' perspectives. f. Engender Animosity, Polarizations and Enmity. g. Lead to Dichotomies --- Killing-Cooperation. h. Undermine Imagination-and-Creativity. 2. Building-&-Maintaining --- Sanctuaries-for-All --- In-Which-To: a. Be in Dialogue about Avoiding-Tragedies. b. Be in Dialogue about Learning-from-mistakes. c. Mitigate debilitating prejudices/biases. d. Support Distributive-Justice & Cooperation. e. Dialogue about others' perspectives/beliefs. f. Mitigate Animosity, Polarizations and Enmity. g. Mitigate Dichotomies and Trusting-Violence. h. Facilitate/Support Imagination-and-Creativity. Each of the above contributes to a Community-as-a- Whole being Robust-and-Enduring. The survival of Domineering-Individuals-As-Such is not essential to a Community-as-a-Whole being Robust-and-Enduring. There are very few well documented occasions of Domineering- Individuals-As-Such playing any essential role in any Community-as-a-Whole being Robust-and-Enduring. Thus it is absurd to claim that the survival of Domineering- Individuals-As-Such is essential to a Community-as-a-Whole being Robust-and-Enduring. Honesty about the basic facts of life is essential to a Community-as-a-Whole being Robust-and-Enduring. Be Graciously-Together in the Many-Ways-of-Shalom. (c) 2007 by Paul A. Smith in "Search for Honesty and Integrity" (On Being Yourself Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================