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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: e. Individual and Group Integration

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44189


The integration of individuals nests within that of groups, interdependent but differing in complexity. Both are subject to conflict and integration, with the representations causing conflict in groups being an aggregation of those of individuals. Formal or informal agreements create group beliefs that can be imposed or integrated, creating two kinds of peace: pax and shalom. Pax is superficial and temporary, but idealized shalom can also be disruptive, so both kinds of integration need to interact.

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