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Congregation (Ts'ui)

Metaphors: Clustering / Gathering


Social When circumstances promote congregation in society, a network of superior values, to be capable of focusing this process, should ensure that it is itself well integrated. It should also be prepared to counteract uncontrolled consequences.

Sub-conditions:

1. The network can facilitate formation of a group by encouraging individually those that have not yet committed themselves. (Resulting in: Following).

2. The process of congregation is assisted by a recognition of mutual complementarity with which the network should work, rather than acting on the basis of arbitrary decisions. (Resulting in: Adversity).

3. If a group has already formed from which the network is isolated, it can best succeed by allying itself with some of those at the centre, despite the initial humiliation. (Resulting in: Influence).

4. The network is successful when it acts as a focus for a group united for a higher cause. (Resulting in: Solidarity).

5. In acting as a focus for a group, the network attracts some people only because of the influence it acquires in the process; this necessitates special efforts to gain their confidence. (Resulting in: Enthusiasm).

6. If the desire of some to group together is misunderstood, their expression of regret can usefully enable the network to revise its views and bring about the alliance. (Resulting in: Stagnation).

Transformation sequence Congregation creates an environment permitting advancement. (Resulting in: Advancement).


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

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