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The authentic person; dealing with dilemma

Author: Sydney J Harris
Publisher: Niles, Ill., Argus Communications [1972]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the not-too-distant past, man enjoyed a profound sense of identity, permanence and continuity; the poignancy of change had little effect on his life. Modern man, on the other hand, keenly experiences change and impermanence in his world. He is impaled on both horns of a dilemma. Conditioned by dualistic thought patterns, 20th-century man still thinks in terms of polarities: good and bad, love and hate. Because of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sydney J Harris
ISBN: 0913592005 9780913592007
OCLC Number: 1312808
Description: 142 pages illustrations 19 cm
Contents: The dethroning of man: a new self-image --
Threading through the semantic woods --
Polarities: positive attitudes toward creative tension --
Morality and the authentic person --
Polarities in our social and political institutions --
The obsolescence of dualism in a converging world community --
The personal paradox: the individual and the collective --
Modern man: paradox in process.
Responsibility: [by] Sydney J. Harris.

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In the not-too-distant past, man enjoyed a profound sense of identity, permanence and continuity; the poignancy of change had little effect on his life. Modern man, on the other hand, keenly experiences change and impermanence in his world. He is impaled on both horns of a dilemma. Conditioned by dualistic thought patterns, 20th-century man still thinks in terms of polarities: good and bad, love and hate. Because of this mental framework, he has difficulty holding polarities in creative tension. Harris suggests ways by which man can become oriented to deal with paradox and live with creative tension. And he sees this new world vision as a source of hope.

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