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"otherness is the other guy"  ... apparently i have the coin on this sentence.  An example of what this sentence means is given in my first comment below.

But it is interesting to note that others in our culture have talked about this same conception.  Most notable is the Wikipedia article on "other"


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Seth says
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seth 2015-02-04 09:29:02 18106
source: mark

The challenge is that top-down designed communities from Utopia to Communism never work & usually require force & loss of freedom to make them work.

... yes, i totally agree .

as tolerance (respect for otherness) in a community increases so does individual freedom. 

the trick is maximizing the possibilities of positive change ... there is a high art and magic in that ... me, i wish i could master it.
It is indeed a trick since the success of community designing has nothing to do with otherness which has nothing to do with freedom.


huh?  how can you say that?   a healthy functioning community has everything to do with respect for othernes and individual freedom.   Why do you not think those should not be considered when getting a community to work?
Throw in any assemblage of abstract word salad & you can draw the same conclusion.  We had some functioning of a community at PJ2.  Nobody mentioned otherness & freedom was pretty much assumed within the context of an already external set of laws.



Look, otherness is just the other guy.  

There were lots of other guys at PJ2.   There was Pierre, and Vickie, and Sunny, and Eric, and you, and Fortune, and Shredded, and the Carbargas, and Harry the truck, and Gerry, etc etc.   Where synergy happened at PJ2, it is was where we tripped on what the other guy did, where we appreciated it,  stood on their shoulders,  or at least respected and tolerated that which was not our own.  That was in the consciousness there.  And to the extent that it was there, is just the very extent that synergy happened.
...

Seth says
here is an example of a synergy between two others ...



note their awareness of otherness, and yet their positive attitude toward each other.


The opposite is the RWG ... where self must be held right, and other must be held wrong.

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