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F.3. Reaching Decision

We seek cooperation and agreement on Community policy. We do this through discharge, communication, discussion, reference to basic RC theory, and reference to our long-range goals. When it is difficult to agree, we thoroughly discuss conflicting points of view to resolve any differences (for one such approach, see Note IV, Reaching Decision, on page ___). We use discharge and re-evaluation to work out differences. We do not want one rational attitude to be out-voted by many irrational attitudes.

When conflicts about policy persist, decisions are made by the appropriate Reference Person, including the IRP if needed. Making a decision prevents inaction caused by indecision. Taking an action produces information that may be used to determine the most rational policy.


There is continual pressure from individual patterns and the patterns of society to degrade the logical consistency of RC theory. This sometimes results in the promotion of incorrect theory. At other times non-RC theory and practice are introduced into the Community. It is essential that we protect our existing body of theory and practice from any dilution or distortion, even if well-intended. As we all become more rational through discharge and re-evaluation, we become more able to discuss and handle irrationalities. There is no substitute, however, for careful thinking about which policies and actions are in fact rational. Arriving at that thinking can best be accomplished through working toward a consensus.[55]

When discussion does not clearly lead to satisfactory policy, making a decision and beginning to act on that decision is necessary. Information from the results of the action will soon show whether a correction is needed. Prolonged inaction caused by a lack of decision attracts and restimulates grievance and controversy patterns. A final decision-making procedure is necessary. If agreement is not reached with discussion, the IRP will play the role of decision maker. 

[55] A working consensus is a tentative agreement that allows the group to move forward.


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