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Sustainable community #30
Sustainable community #30

Normative constraint (Li)

Metaphors: Fire / Radiance / Expanding awareness

Social By its nature a sustainable community 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 sustainable community develops the clarity of perception required for effective action.

Sub-conditions:

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

3. Recognition of the sustainable community'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 sustainable community 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 sustainable community 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 sustainable community 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).