Often we begin by falling into the traps, prisons and Collusive-Games-of-Mutual-Self-Deception that flow from accepting:
Each of the following suggest where to look for evidence about the level of health/integrity of a community and of its participants:
1. The range of sensitive topics, conflicts and patterns of alienation which are the foci of open and honest dialogue; and of times of sharing in vital communal sanctuaries --- open to all who are willing therein to be in open and honest dialogues.
2. The number of, frequency of, regularity of, dynamic-stability of, and the extent of Letting-Go of --- patterns of domination and concentrations of Wealth-and-Power within the Crew of God's Astronomically-Tiny Space-Ship-Earth.
3. The degrees to which participants within and vi tims of Alienative-Conflicts --- intentionally gather together in the above kinds of Open-and-Honest occasions of dialogue --- to Mitigate their own Alienative-Conflicts in Mutually-Agreeable-and-Enjoyed Ways-of-Shalom.
4. The extent to which the above communal activities graciously and truly do mitigate within Space-Ship-Earth's-Crew --- the over-all levels of:
conflicts, coercion, contentiousness, negativity, denigrations, polarizations, dichotomies,
violence, domination, distrust, suspicion, defensiveness, secrecy, repressions, supprresions,
rebellions, resentments, punishments, punishments, constraints, imprisonments, wealth-concentrations,
power-concentrations, environmental-degridations, destruction, terrors, fears, anxieties,
confusions, ignorance, biases, prejudices, segregations, excommunications, banishments, shunnings,
etc. --- within God's Astronomically-Tiny-Space-Ship-Earth.
(c) 2009 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy)