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This-essay is a9906271.htm which is available at the web-site See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %INADEQUATE INCOMPLETE LACK PREJUDICED EVIDENCE SIN+990627 %JUDGMENT CONDEMNATION LEGALISM FAILURE MISTAKE 990627 Many of our human failings flow from: ignorance, prejudice, confusion and/or collusive games of mutual self deception. To reduce the frequency and seriousness of human failings we need to become aware of what they flow from and openly and honestly deal with their origins; e.g., ignorance, prejudice, confusion and/or collusions. Consider failings which flow from lacks, absences, inadequacies, incompleteness, etc. They are often difficult to deal with because it is harder to recognize that which is absent, when it should be present; than to recognize that which is present, when it should be absent. Many of our human failings pertain to drawing conclusions and/or passing judgments on the basis of evidence which is inadequate, incomplete and/or lacking in essential considerations. To help us recognize what is absent we need to consider questions such as the following: 1. Are conclusions being drawn in prejudiced ways which which are based upon excessively broad generalizations; e.g., judging people in negative ways just because of their race, gender, associates, friends, intimate others, education, religion, nationality, age, etc? 2. Are dichotomies leading us to think in either/or ways which exclude from consideration broad spectrums of facts/relationships which are relevant to the issues at hand? 3. Are we demanding false levels of simplicity when we are confronted by complexity which we do not understand --- thus may we be refusing to consider complex aspects of our relationships and the consequences of those complex aspects? 4. Are we refusing to acknowledge and deal with gradual and/or sudden changes in our environment, communities, selves, and relationships --- because we fear change and are focused excessively on trying to preserve/keep the past as a comfort "blanket"? 5. Are we imprisoned by our thoughtless loyalties to people, traditions, institutions, and/or organizations which are making the above kinds of mistakes? 6. Are we making the above kinds of mistakes out of laziness, indifference, dis-ease, disintegrative habits, etc? When we are seeking to deal with failures which are rooted in what is absent, we need to be intentional in thinking about what kinds of things, relationships, information, people, etc. might be absent. The following words/phrases are suggestive: PEACEMAKERS NEGOTIATORS ARBITRATORS COUNSELORS ADVISORS TEACHERS PROFESSORS ADMINISTRATORS HEALERS INVESTORS WORKERS LEADERS PRUDENCE TOLERANCE RESPECT CREATIVITY LOVE HOPE FAITHFULNESS RESPONSIVENESS RESPONSIBILITY BALANCE VULNERABILITY SECURITY FREEDOM DISCIPLINE KNOWLEDGE MEASUREMENTS QUANTIFICATIONS COMPUTATIONS HONESTY OPENNESS SHARING INTIMACY FRIENDSHIPS FORMALITIES SYSTEMS ANALYSIS CONNECTIONS DIALOGUE COMMUNICATION LISTENING PRIORITIES VOTING DISCERNMENT PROCEDURES RITUALS TRADITIONS HABITS ATTITUDES APPROACHES DIVERSITY SPECIALISTS GENERALISTS GENTLENESS SYMPATHY INTEGRITY (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================
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