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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: a. Recognizing Conflict

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44185


Integration is a resolution of conflict, whether internal or external, that first requires a recognition of that conflict. Conflicts are created by systems having incompatible goals (or incompatible processes needed to maintain themselves). The same goals then recur regardless of changing conditions that block those goals, and in humans this takes the form of recurring feedback loops that conflict with more adaptive motives. The corpus callosum then allows us to repress, also producing other absolutizing phenomena. To integrate we then need to acknowledge differing desires over time and stop them hijacking our processes.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'