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Dialogue #17

Following (Sui)

Metaphors: Entrainment

Social In order to be capable of inducing people voluntarily to follow its lead without resistance, the dialogue must first adapt itself to their circumstances to be able to serve them.


1. In order for the dialogue to identify how it should adapt to its environment, it must open itself to contact with a wide range of different views. (Resulting in: Congregation).

2. In developing its pattern of contacts, the dialogue should take care to avoid those holding inferior values or risk losing those holding superior values by which its action can be benefitted. (Resulting in: Vitality).

3. The development of its contacts with those holding superior values will lead the dialogue to obtain what it needs for its own development, despite the loss of stimulating distractions with those holding inferior values. (Resulting in: Revolution).

4. Once it is successful in its influence, the dialogue should develop the ability to distinguish insincere supporters, attracted for their own advantage, who must be kept at a distance if success is not to be jeopardized. (Resulting in: Initial difficulty).

5. The dialogue must itself follow something which guides, legitimates and empowers its initiatives. (Resulting in: Crisis preparedness).

6. Having developed its activities to the point of detachment from mundane affairs, the dialogue may be confronted with a persistent following which once more draws it back into a guiding role. (Resulting in: Spontaneity).

Transformation sequence Following others leads to undertakings and remedial action. (Resulting in: Remedial action).

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Earlier version in 2nd edition of Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986).

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