This-essay is a7806141.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 ========================================================== %AFFIRMATION VS APPROVAL 780614 Upon comparison it is clear that affirmation and approval are not the same. You may affirm a person. You cannot approve a person; although you may approve of placement of a person in a job, or you may approve of a person's behavior in some situation. Approval presumes a right to pass judgment and possibly to reject. No one has a right to reject a person as a person. Thus, no one has the right to approve a person as a person---for that right would imply the right to reject the person as a person. Approval is appropriate only where rejection is appropriate. It is not appropriate to reject a sunset, mutual friendships, acts of genuine love, acts of repentance or forgiveness, self-awareness, emotions, or feelings. Thus it is not appropriate to approve of any of the listed realities. To accept inappropriate approval or permission is to invite later inappropriate disapproval or denial of permission. That which appears to be favorable now, may be the foundation for later disfavor. Affirmation involves the acceptance of the right of that which is affirmed to be. The right to approve or disapprove of it is not claimed by the one making the affirmation. When a truth is affirmed, the person making the affirmation does not claim the right to approve or disapprove of the truth; it is accepted as a reality existing independently of any action on the part of the one making the affirmation. The affirmation calls attention to the truth and respects it for what it is, an independent reality. Similarly the affirmation of a person calls attention to the person and respects the person without condition. Affirmations may involve physical, affective, sexual, intellectual, spiritual, and economic inter-relationships and dialogue. Human beings grow through affirmation and die for lack of affirmations. Both approval and dis- approval entail dis-affirmation, because both entail the reality or threat of rejection. Rejection occasions excommunication and alienation; and so sin. Thus, human beings need affirmations rather than approval. For this reason, people seek affirmations. If they do not receive affirmations from reputable persons, they will seek affirmations from dis-reputable persons. The need for affirmation exceeds the need for institutional approval and recognition. (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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