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Problems and Inequities
There are two kinds of difficulties that enter our
lives: Problems and Inequities. In fact, the are not unrelated but simply different ways
of appreciating an imbalance. When viewed with Reason this imbalance appears as a problem.
When viewed with Emotion the imbalance appears an as inequity.
Reason functions to define items by separating them
from the background against which they exist. Therefore, a problem is an identification of
the specific area of imbalance, which allows one to focus corrective efforts at the
source. Looking for a specific solution to a specific problem works fine unless the
problem is just a symptom or manifestation of some greater imbalance that has not yet been
plumbed. In this case, the problem might be impossible to solve because it is
reconstructed by the greater imbalance the moment it is eliminated. On the other hand, the
problem may disappear, only to cause another problem elsewhere as the greater imbalance
redirects its energy away from the resistance caused by a solution. This might be
illustrated by replacing an inefficient valve on a machine only to have the increased
pressure blow off a weak gasket down the line that can't take the more efficient flow.
Similarly, Emotion functions to sense the
relationship between items. Therefore, an inequity is sense that the items considered are
not in harmony. There may be an overabundance in one place and a deficiency in another or
disharmonious affects of the items upon each other. Trying to establish equity works fine
unless the inequity is actually caused by specific irritations that need to be addressed.
In this case, the inequity may recreate disharmony because the relationship continues to
suffer from an irritation that has not been relieved. On the other hand, harmony may be
restored, only to spur disharmony elsewhere as the irritation demands a response
somewhere. This might be illustrated by a child who is called on the carpet because he is
not doing well at school, cleans up his grades but begins to shoplift.
In truth, problems and inequities co-exist and are
related so that one is effected by anything done to the other. The important issue is to
determine whether one is truly bothered by a specific difficulty or by an overall
disharmony. This is a completely subjective call. Once made, one can proceed with
confidence that one's energies are being most efficiently applied to restore balance
between oneself and one's environment.
Copyright Melanie Anne Phillips
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