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Sustainable policy #27

Support (Yi)

Metaphors: Nourishment / Swallowing


Social A sustainable policy cycle should be attentive to the manner in which it supports both its own activities and those of others able to contribute to the development of society.

Sub-conditions:

1. Misfortune results when the sustainable policy cycle's self-reliance is undermined in aspiring to the apparent advantages of others. (Resulting in: Deterioration).

2. Misfortune results when the sustainable policy cycle fails to become self-reliant and persists in depending on others. (Resulting in: Deficiency).

3. The sustainable policy cycle cannot be successful if it seeks advantages for their own sake and thus becomes dependent upon them. (Resulting in: Style).

4. When the sustainable policy cycle is in a position of influence, it should seek out others of the right quality to assist in achieving advances for society as a whole. (Resulting in: Decisive action).

5. If deficiences in its mode of action prevent it from contributing effectively to the development of society, the sustainable policy cycle should seek the advice of those of superior values. (Resulting in: Assistance).

6. When the sustainable policy cycle becomes a source of influence in sustaining society, it can best continue in this role by being aware of the dangers of such responsibility. (Resulting in: Recovery).

Transformation sequence Continual build-up of support leads to importance. (Resulting in: Importance).


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

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