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Deficiency (Sun)

Metaphors: Diminishing / Decrease / Loss


Social A sustainable community may experience a decrease in the external resources available. This situation may be used to clarify and strengthen the inner resources on which it can draw for future undertakings.

Sub-conditions:

1. In accepting assistance, the sustainable community of superior values should take care not to overstrain the abilities of those offering it, nor should it exploit them. (Resulting in: Inexperience).

2. In order for the sustainable community to be able to provide assistance of enduring significance to others, it must take care not to overstrain its own resources. (Resulting in: Support).

3. Collaborating with two partners in an undertaking leads to an unstable situation for the sustainable community resulting in the alienation of one of them, whereas a partner will be found if the sustainable community undertakes an initiative alone. (Resulting in: Conservation).

4. If the sustainable community is able to reduce its defects this encourages those who are well-disposed to collaborate. (Resulting in: Opposition).

5. If those in power appoint the sustainable community to perform a key role there is nothing to prevent its success. (Resulting in: Essential quality).

6. Every increase in the power of the sustainable community may be such as to benefit others, rather than to deprive others of benefits. (Resulting in: Initiative).

Transformation sequence If deficiency persists it eventually evokes assistance. (Resulting in: Assistance).


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

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