This-essay is a7501011.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %DEDICATION TO OPENNESS & HONESTY 750101 Jill is genuinely dedicated to working sacrificially to promote opportunities for people to be open and honest without fear. Such a dedication does not unambiguously indicate the way to deal with persons who are ultimately dedicated to other values and who regard threats, fear, and alienation as legitimate tools in the service of their values. Such persons may threaten to use and/or promote fear and alienation --- unless Jill supports them in their manipulative service of their values. They may claim that they can do no other, and that is is Jill's choice as to whether or not to make them fearful and/or alienated. In their view Jill may be illogical and insincere in her dedication to the promotion of openness and honesty. They can not be open and honest with her --- unless she enthusiastically joins their cause and they can trust her in promoting just their cause. People who value openness and honesty tend to regret any secrecy, dishonesty, or misleading behavior. Such behaviors may not be totally avoided, but it is regaretted when unavoidable. Being secretive, dishonest, and/or misleading is hardly a primary virtue; as such behaviors are always means to presumably nobler goals. Even technocrats who have specialized in secrecy, dishonesty, and misleading-people claim it is all in the service of a greater cause. The value of dedications to the promotion of opportunities to be open and honest dialogue without fear --- must not be belittled on the grounds that such dedications often lead to ambiguous guidance and paradoxical situations and double binds. Other dedications worthy of respect are similar in such regards. Only naive dedications which mature people can readily see through --- are free of such criticism. People who are interested in promoting the general welfare must ask about the import to the general welfare of diverse kinds of dedications, and choose accordingly. (c) 2003 by Paul A. Smith in GO: essayz.com "Search for Integrity and Honesty" (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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