This-essay is a7705031.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 ========================================================== %JUDGING DESIRES 770503 People often pass judgment upon basic human desires. Such judgment presumes some standard of comparison. That standard was itself created to fulfill some basic human desire. Thus, the judgment of a basic human desire reveals a tension, if not a conflict between human desires. Yet, that tension is not manifested as being between basic desires, but rather as being between a human desire and some power which transcends human desire. It would be helpful to expose those human desires which masquerade as powers which transcend human desires. Technocrats of all kinds tend to fulfill their desires at the expense of the fulfillment of non-technical humane desires of non- technically oriented persons. Technocrats tend to represent their desires as originating in transcendent powers, and tend to represent non-technocratic desires as originating merely in human selfishness and uncivilized instincts, where "civilized" means "technically dominated". For some people intellectual curiosity is their dominant desire---and any other desire which impedes the fulfillment of intellectual curiosity is regarded as a base desire. For other people the enjoyment of sensual fulfillment is the focus of their life---and being up- tight about goals and objectives seems self-defeating. Others compulsively seek to fulfill their desire for social acceptance by unloving manipulative persons. Yet others find their fulfillment in satisfying their body's desire for physical activity. Anybody who judges others' instinctive desires as base rather than basic, is a person who promotes alienation through exclusiveness. To reject our most basic instincts as maladaptive is presumptuous and arrogant---attempting to replace the judgment of hundreds of thousands of years, with the judgment of the latest analytic fad. Such arrogance is not likely to be adaptive---it will not promote the survival of the arrogant judges or their supporters. It is more helpful to provide healthy role models of how to lovingly express basic desires; than it is to attempt to legalistically regulate or repress basic desires. Teaching by example is helpful, but it requires that the teacher be experienced in giving loving expression to basic desires. Those who fear their most basic desires are thus unqualified to be helpful teachers. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.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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