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Sustainable community #61

Essential quality (Chung Fu)

Metaphors: Inner truth / Authenticity

Social A sustainable community may succeed by influencing the most intractable, if it is able to identify with their condition, sincerely affirming the importance of essential qualities that it shares with them. These may take the form of fundamental principles.


1. The power of fundamental principles upheld by the sustainable community is progressively undermined to the extent that it loses its self-reliance through dependence on secret agreements with others. (Resulting in: Barrier dissolution).

2. Through the fundamental principles which it upholds, the sustainable community of superior values may exert a far-reaching influence that attracts others without any intent to achieve this end. (Resulting in: Assistance).

3. The vitality of the sustainable community may be dependent, for better or for worse, on the vagaries of the fundamental nature of its relationship with others. (Resulting in: Subtle restraint).

4. To increase the power of its fundamental principles, the sustainable community should concentrate on deepening its understanding of superior values governing action beyond the domain of factionalism. (Resulting in: Careful conduct).

5. The sustainable community in a position of power may succeed in linking others together in a non-superficial manner through the fundamental quality of the multi-faceted influences engendered by its action. (Resulting in: Deficiency).

6. The sustainable community should be aware of relying on accepted formulas to awaken a shared sense of fundamental solidarity, for such standard appeals may fail when they are most needed. (Resulting in: Limitation).

Transformation sequence Limitation and dependence on essential quality enable actions to be undertaken conscientiously. (Resulting in: Conscientiousness).

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

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