This-essay is a7711241.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 ========================================================== %AFFIRMATIONS VS DENIALS 771124 Affirmations usually point to meanings which transcend the person making the affirmation. Denials are often occasioned by misunderstood affirmations which occasion problems within the person making the denial. A form of such misunderstanding is to take an affirmation to be the denial of something which self has affirmed. It is often a mistake to take an affirmation to be the denial of what appears to be a contradictory affirmation. Often in such instances words have different meanings in the apparently contradictory affirmations. It is rarely a mistake to seek that which is meaningful within an affirmation. It is rarely a mistake to seek that which is meaningful within an affirmation. It is usually a mistake to focus compulsively upon that which one is inclined to deny within another person's affirmation. Seeking the meaning which may be found in other people's affirmations is the way to find treasures which will enrich life. Such meaning may be hiding being unfamiliar meanings of words, meanings associated with perspectives on life which are in strong contrast to one's own. Affirmations may take non-verbal forms---and the meanings may be hiding behind unfamiliar modes of communication. Many affirmations may be beyond our present understanding because we find the language and modes of communication threatening or objectionable. In such instances we will do well to examine the values which block such communications---and ask whether those values or broadened communication merit our ultimate concern. At the least we should be cautious about engaging in uninformed denials of affirmations made in languages and/or via modes of communication with which we are not familiar. Sometimes it only appears that we are familiar with the language of an affirmation which we would deny. The words used may be familiar words, but the intended meanings may be very strange to us if the speaker is a member of a contrasting sub-culture. Similar considerations apply to non-verbal communications. Attempting to translate another person's affirmation into one's own language and seeking the other person's assent is often helpful. Such an effort is far better than denying that which one does not understand. (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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