This-essay is a7810282.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 ========================================================== %REBELLION PROMPTING LEGALISM 781028 Young people often rebel against the legalism of their parents---and at times against what they perceive to be legalism when parents' behavior is motivated by genuine love. The misdirected rebellion may be occasioned by misapprehension due to immaturity, and tax the parents ability to endure. The parents are likely to be tempted to take defensive refuge in legalistic assertions of their rights not to be abused. In this way adolescent rebellion against apparent legalism may intensify legalism due to human finitude. The chance of this happening is greater for families in legalistic contexts than for families in non-legalistic contexts. In legalistic contexts, rebellious adolescents project onto their parents the motivations which pervade the society---misapprehending legalistic motivations in behavior occasioned by genuine love. In such situations both parents and adolescents tend to experience double-binds. The rebellious adolescent who doubts the parents' love, will not have the vision of that love restored by either parental protestations of love, or legalistic requirements of respect. Only parental sacrifice and suffering is likely to be convincing; but it may be more demanding than finite parents can endure. The adolescent who is asked to trust the parents' love without question---may get trapped and be smothered by a home which will not grant its children the freedom they need to be themselves. The adolescent who totally distrusts the parents' love may perceive only legalists, and fail to recognize lovers---and in self-defense become a legalist in rebellion against the inhumanity of legalism. Legalism is not transcended by rebellion against legalism. Rebellion tends to be alienative, and occasions the conditions which are conductive to the objective manipulations which characterize legalism. Legalism is transcended by love, not by rebellious attacks upon its inadequacies. The recitation of the inadequacies of legalism does not occasion love, where there is no love. Rebellion against legalism tends to promote legalism. (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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