The Goal of Discrimination
Goal of Discrimination
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- Positive Traits:
Connoisseur, Discerning, Perfectionist, Refinement, Sophistication,
- Negative Traits:
Aloof, Judgmental, Opinionated, Prejudice, Prickly, Rejection, Snobbish
With the Goal of Discrimination (Rejection), the goal is to analyze things, to take things apart. The
purpose of a person with this goal is to make one thing distinct from another.
He likes to find contrast in things. He emphasizes differences rather than
similarities. Instead of seeing how one thing is like another, he sees what is
unlike. The Goal of Discrimination is to the personality as the immune system is
to the body: the immune system keeps the body free of foreign organisms, and the
Goal of Discrimination keeps the person free of adulteration and impurities. It
works to exclude things, rather than include things. People with this Goal are
very selective in what they accept. They are "choosy" like picking
over the fruit and vegetables at the grocery store. Each piece is examined
carefully for blemishes, freshness, color, texture, and so on every
characteristic is considered. Only the best of the available items is selected.
People with this Goal act this way when they "shop" in the other
"markets" of life.
In an argument a favorite exercise for people with this
Goal they will pick apart every word of their contender, to make sure the
meaning is precise. No word is allowed to be ambiguous, nor to overlap the
meaning of any other word. Two people with this Goal when they get together love
to criticize everything under the sun. This Goal can be put to good use as a
professional critic, whether of art, music, writing, or theater. As such, they
are valuable in finding things that can be improved in the next production.
Positive Pole (Sophistication)
The Positive Pole of this Goal is called
"+Sophistication". Let me hasten to say that the Discrimination goal
has nothing to do with racial, sexual, religious, or other such discriminations.
The meaning is that the person in the positive pole of this goal has a keen
sense of discernment. He notices subtle differences and emphasizes them in his
quest for contrast. He wants things to be pure, untainted, and unadulterated. He
sees himself as special different from others and outstanding in his own
unique ways. He enjoys being distinctive and he wants to make fine distinctions.
Consequently, he is good at classifying things into separate categories. His
critical faculties are very refined he enjoys giving constructive criticism.
In its highest expression, this Goal manifests in a person as a sophisticated
connoisseur, someone who seeks only the best things in life. Such a person is
said to have "taste" and "refinement". He is very scrupulous
in matters of personal integrity, and seeks this in whatever he encounters in
his world. Preference is for "exclusive" things, the choicest of the
Negative Pole (Prejudice)
The Negative Pole of this Goal is called
"-Prejudice" .This might indeed have something to do with racial,
sexual, or religious bigotry, but it is much broader than that in its scope. A
person in this Pole has an automatic dislike of something or everything. He
rejects without examination or fair trial. He seems displeased all the time. He
is picky, implacable, sharp tongued, and verbally abusive. He is quick to
condemn, to render some adverse judgment. His criticism is destructive rather
than constructive. He readily picks out the negative traits of whatever he
beholds. One interesting point about a person in this Pole is that he is
attracted to the very things he despises. He involves himself in the very things
he condemns. There is a game going on here the payoff is that he finds the
rejection he seeks and his Goal is fulfilled, albeit in this distorted and
perverse form. In its most extreme manifestation, this Pole appears as pure
People with this Goal in the Negative Pole like to criticize
things. A female would be called "bitchy" and a male would be called
"grouchy". They complain about anything that does not meet their
standards of integrity and purity. It is very difficult to please them. It is
either too big or too small, too fast or too slow, too high or too low, too this
or too that . . . ad infinitum. Things are almost never just right. In the
extreme form, in the Negative Pole, this person is a "hairsplitter".
Often one can find a frown on his face he is a "sourpuss". He
rarely tries to be nice in fact, "nice" is sickening to him. He
may go out of his way to be offensive and unpleasant. He will nit pick something
to death if he has to in order to get to the ultimate refinement.
Recall that the Negative Poles arise from fear. In this case
it is fear of contamination or pollution by combining with something alien or
foreign. In the obvious example of racial prejudice, the goal is to keep the
races separate. Recall that one way to get out of the Negative Pole is to use
the "hands across" method: contemplate and apply the Complementary
Goal, in this case Acceptance, particularly its Positive Pole of +Unification.
Try to see everything in its totality, then come to like and appreciate it as it
This Goal is the Complement of the Goal of
Acceptance. Whereas people in Acceptance prefer
to be agreeable and adaptive, people in Rejection prefer to be disagreeable, and
are often unwilling to adapt themselves to others or to their circumstances.
They rarely care whether people like them or not. In fact, it often occurs that
people in Discrimination unconsciously seek out situations
where they will be disliked. People with this Goal actually see themselves as
being too accepting, and they try to avoid this by being more discriminating.
Their idea of love is to be totally "honest". They can in fact be
brutally honest telling things "exactly as they are", and
"letting the chips fall where they may". This can at times appear as
tactlessness and lack of finesse. Rarely will such people whitewash anything.
Since they care little that others like them, they do not fear criticism. They
may in fact feed on it. They do not mind being nonconformists, or even
repulsive. They like a good argument. They have no great desire to get along or
go along with others. They prefer to maintain their individual identity than to
be in harmony with others.
The Discrimination Goal is the Counterpart of the
Mode. That is, the Rejection Goal seeks what the Caution Mode already has.
People in Caution are careful what they do. They are deliberate and meticulous
in their behavior. People in Rejection want to be careful and picky so as to
avoid accepting something they may later find to be not truly suited to them.
The primary difference between the two is that a person in Rejection is critical
toward things outside himself, whereas a person in Caution is critical toward
his own behavior.
The Rejection Goal is the Opposite of the
Power Mode. Whereas
a person in Power assumes that others are much like himself and that others will
become more like him, a person in Discrimination wants to be as different from
others as he can be, and yet remain true to himself. He wants to be truly
himself, and he does not expect others to approach him, appease him, or become
more like him.
This is not a "popular" Goal in two senses of
this word. First of all, it is difficult to like a person who has this Goal,
since they often do things, seemingly deliberately, to provoke others to reject
them. This makes them unpopular with other people. Few choose to be around a
person who gripes and complains a lot. (It is not easy for the person who has it
to deal with it in himself either, for that matter.) Secondly, this Goal is
unpopular in the sense that few people have this Trait in their Array
somewhat less than ten percent by my count.
If a person with this Goal would be wise, he would be
circumspect about his pickiness. He would be careful that his criticisms are
valid. All of the Goals have their value, and the value of this particular one
lies in total honesty and integrity: quest for the unique thing which totally
and absolutely excludes all impurity.
-- Phil Wittmeyer
The expression axis goals are "discrimination" and "acceptance."
The original name for discrimination was "rejection," clearly the opposite of
acceptance. It is another word that tends to bring negative things to mind;
nobody likes to be rejected, particularly romantically, and that is often the
feeling reaction to that word. However, in fact, all of life is a series of
choices: many times a day, you are either accepting or rejecting. If you scan
the cereal boxes for breakfast, you are probably not going to accept all of
them; you are not going to eat them all. Therefore, you will reject most of them
in favor of the one you accept.
The expression goals, like the expression axis itself, are about how you
navigate the world and react to others. Discrimination emphasizes the "no"
aspect of things and acceptance emphasizes the "yes," but no is meaningless
without yes, and yes is meaningless without no. If you say yes to everything,
eventually you nullify your choices because you cannot accept everything--it
becomes a big no. If you say yes to every possible thing you could do with your
time, you will end up missing most things, even if you try to do them all. If
you say no to everything, you are not making a thoughtful choice, either. It is
only what you end up accepting that shines light on your standards and what you
are trying to do, why you are rejecting other things.
So, as with reevaluation and growth, one cannot have one without the other, but
ones lifetime is more skewed one way or the other. There is another parallel
with reevaluation and growth: discrimination is also unusual, the second least
common of the goals, and acceptance is the second most common, which illustrates
that you need a whole lot more yes than no for an effective life, but sometimes
you have to focus on no to clean up your yes.
The inspiration axis is about feeling, and the expression axis is about
thinking. Thinking conveys your feelings into the world. Discrimination
especially, reminds one of the intellectual center, because when the
intellectual center is working well, it is discriminating. Your intellect can
tell the difference between things. If you see two kinds of dogs, it is your
knowledge that lets you know what kinds you are seeing.
People with a goal of discrimination are typically trying to repair the damage
of too many lifetimes of not being able to say no. They may overdo it and say no
too much. Depending on the soul, the goal may be done subtly or with a lot of
rough edges. How a soul manifests a particular overleaf also has a lot to do
with his imprinting and the rest of the overleaves.
In the positive pole, "sophistication," a person makes well-reasoned choices. A
stereotype that is often used to illustrate the goal of discrimination is the
wine connoisseur, someone who has a high ability to evaluate the merits of a
particular wine, the pluses and minuses, and how it might go with a particular
food. The end result is a more delicious meal. However, if you have a goal of
discrimination, it is most brought to bear with things you care about, so if you
don't care about wine, you may not be all that discerning in that department. If
you don't care about clothes, you may dress carelessly, without bringing your
discernment to bear on your wardrobe. If you do care about words, you will be
discerning in your choice of them.
The opposite goal, acceptance, can, in the negative pole, "ingratiation," cause
one to be a people pleaser--trying too hard to gain the acceptance of others. A
person in discrimination cares less about the other people's opinions because
there is such focus on her own opinions. It is easier in discrimination than in
acceptance to handle being rejected from a club you want to join, for example.
However, there is no escaping the fact that human beings are social animals. You
know deep in your bones (or your genes) that if you are shunned by your
community, you could die. Therefore, if someone makes a big show of not caring
what others think, she probably does care a great deal.
Discrimination can be prickly because the need to make your own discernments and
choices can pit you against the will of others; you can be caught between a rock
and a hard place. Needless to say, there are many growth lessons in dealing with
The negative pole is "prejudice," which is not true discernment; it is going by
some predetermined rules about what to reject. Using the example of the wine
connoisseur, the sophisticated one would smell the wine and taste the food
before making a final determination. In prejudice, a lazy shortcut would be
used: "Oh, that wine could never go with that food."--no real work is done to
discriminate; it is a knee-jerk reaction, and is judgmental. It is in the
negative pole that the connoisseur is more likely to look like a snob--closed
minded and rigid. In the positive pole, he would be thought of as a good person
to ask for advice about his area of expertise. Positive poles are based in love,
so someone in the positive pole would use that energy in a way that feels good
to self and others.
-- Shepherd Hoodwin
with rejection as their goal set themselves up for misfortune and would not
recognize a great spiritual teacher if one crossed their path. Erotic love is
full of rejection for those who have this as their goal. They automatically
chose an unsuitable object as their love object because they know that they will
ultimately be rejected. Fortunes have been left to people with rejection as
their goal, and these fortunes have been quickly mishandled with bad investments
and ill-fated ventures, or simply blown.
Most souls in rejection deny all internal causation and only fixate on the
-- Michael Teachings
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