Inclusion & Exclusion

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The polarity between inclusion and exclusion is a central dynamic in the development and functioning of communities at the integral stage. It navigates the delicate balance between embracing a diversity of perspectives and maintaining a certain standard of discourse grounded in expertise and developmental adequacy. This polarity is pivotal in fostering environments that are both open and discerning, encouraging rich, multifaceted dialogues while preserving the integrity and depth of the discussions.
Inclusion stands for the acceptance and integration of a wide array of perspectives, valuing the richness brought in by varied backgrounds, developmental stages, and areas of expertise. It nurtures a sense of belonging, empathy, and collaboration, allowing communities to be dynamic and adaptive. Inclusion fosters environments where diversity is seen as a strength, promoting innovation and growth through a collaborative approach. However, it holds the risk of diluting the depth and quality of discourse if not paired with discernment.
Exclusion, on the other hand, underscores the necessity for discernment, boundaries, and standards in community dynamics. It safeguards the integrity and depth of a community by ensuring that the discourse maintains a high standard, grounded in relevance and informed perspectives. While it protects the community from potential dilution of purpose, it holds the risk of fostering isolation and a lack of diverse perspectives if taken to an extreme.

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About Corey deVos

Corey W. deVos is editor and producer of Integral Life. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996. Corey is also a professional woodworker, and many of his artworks can be found in his VisionLogix art gallery.