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Dialogue #30

Normative constraint (Li)

Metaphors: Fire / Radiance / Expanding awareness


Social By its nature a dialogue is conditioned and unable to act freely. It may best achieve success by recognizing the beneficial limitations on which it can usefully depend. Through such voluntary compliance, a dialogue develops the clarity of perception required for effective action.

Sub-conditions:

1. The dialogue should maintain its composure in the midst of the confusion of society, so it may concentrate attention on the initial phases of any new action. (Resulting in: Marginality).

2. The dialogue acts with greatest skill when striking a fruitful balance between extreme strategies. (Resulting in: Wealth).

3. Recognition of the dialogue's transitory nature should induce comprehension of how it is fulfilled by playing its role in historical processes, rather than encouraging despair or efforts to avoid despair. (Resulting in: Decisive action).

4. If the dialogue is overactive it may rapidly deplete its internal resources, without achieving any lasting effect. (Resulting in: Style).

5. At the peak of its activity the dialogue may derive long-term benefit by recognizing the transitory nature of its preoccupations. (Resulting in: Fellowship).

6. In inducing discipline within itself or society, the dialogue should eradicate the promoters of inferior values, whilst tolerating the weakness of those persuaded to follow them. (Resulting in: Prosperity).

Transformation sequence Normative constraints operate through mutual influence. (Resulting in: Influence).


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

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