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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: g. Asymmetrical Integration

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44191


The process of integration is evidently not simply a single-track escalator from messy conflict to a completely unified character, but is subject to contextually-dependent asymmetries. Our virtues mark a positive degree of integration linked to a context, but are only incrementally unified through a process of working on our weaknesses. A concept of asymmetry is important when discussing integration, to avoid projecting someone’s integration into a basis of unconditional authority (falling into a ‘guru trap’), and to prompt us to focus more on specific judgement rather than character as a more reliable locus of integration.

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