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Deterioration (Po)

Metaphors: Stripping away / Eliminating the outmoded / Splitting apart


Social Under certain conditions of society inferior values may predominate. A vision of superior values is wise to accept this phase of events calmly rather than vainly attempting to counteract it.

Sub-conditions:

1. Those of inferior values may initiate schemes to undermine the position of the vision by intriguing against its supporters. (Resulting in: Support).

2. The vision, isolated by the initiatives of those of inferior values, may be destroyed unless it can rapidly adjust its position. (Resulting in: Inexperience).

3. Provided it is able to enhance the expression of its superior values, the vision may disassociate itself from those of inferior values, who will then oppose it actively. (Resulting in: Inaction).

4. Events can deteriorate to the point at which the vision is unable to avoid misfortune. (Resulting in: Progress).

5. Those of inferior values may be attracted by the superior values of the vision and voluntarily accept its guidance. (Resulting in: Recognition).

6. As support for the vision increases, the strategies of those of inferior values become progressively more self-destructive. (Resulting in: Receptivity).

Transformation sequence Deterioration cannot continue indefinitely, thus recovery finally commences. (Resulting in: Recovery).


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Earlier version in 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986).

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