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Network #54

Elective affinity (Kuei Mei)

Metaphors: Marrying maiden / Converting maidenhood / Acceptance of imposition


Social As a complement to its formal relationships, a network may beneficially engage in integrative initiatives, based on spontaneously emergent sympathetic relations with others, provided that these are conducted with reserve and mutual respect.

Sub-conditions:

1. The network may successfully wield influence through informal relationship with those in power, even though this relationship cannot be formally recognized. (Resulting in: Liberation).

2. The network can benefit by maintaining its loyalty to those in power, even though they no longer acknowledge some pre-existing informal relationships with them. (Resulting in: Crisis preparedness).

3. Frustrated by the lack of success of its formal initiatives, the network may enter into a constraining informal relationship which is not compatible with its assessment of its own value. (Resulting in: Power).

4. Out of respect for its principles, the network may beneficially delay establishing relationships until the appropriate opportunity occurs. (Resulting in: Initiative).

5. If the network originated in an influential context, it may enter into a beneficial relationship with others of more humble origins, provided it places itself at their service and does not draw attention to any fortuitous differences. (Resulting in: Elective affinity).

6. The network will not benefit from entering into a superficial relationship with others, especially if it is not based on shared respect for superior values. (Resulting in: Opposition).

Transformation sequence The establishment of elective affinities creates an environment favourable to general prosperity. (Resulting in: Prosperity).


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

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