This-essay is a7811212.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 ========================================================== %TAPROOT EVIL SIN 781121 Suppose there is a taproot of evil. Some people have suggested that "money" is the root of all evil. Others have suggested "pride", "greed", "covetousness", "lust", "sexuality", etc. If there is a taproot of evil it would probably be helpful to recognize it and understand its nature. The consequences of its continued functioning probably so exceed what we are willing to conceive that we are unwilling to perceive its existence or how it functions. Its nature would most likely tend to conceal itself from us by its very nature, perhaps through our collusions. It might, in fact, operate through our best efforts to try to overcome evil and sin. If that be the case, we would be very reluctant to admit to our good intentions' blunder, especially if our misguided efforts were the basis for a claim to righteousness, to salvation in any ultimate sense. If we are operating in a legalistic way to eliminate evil we are likely to anticipate unbearable guilt were to discover that our best efforts to win the war against evil were fundamentally misguided and in fact were promoting evil and sin. Such an anticipation may make it impossible for us to discover the taproot of evil and sin---for we might anticipate unbearable guilt. Through such anticipation legalists are likely to be motivated to participate in blinding collusions, and so be unable to perceive the taproot of evil and sin. The taproot of evil is likely to involve all people, not just evil people. Were it to involve just evil people, the good people could perceive it clearly and deal wisely with it. The lack of any common agreement regarding its nature suggests that both good and evil people are compromised by the taproot of evil. The taproot of evil is likely to obscure even the most perceptive pointing to it on the part of people who perceive it and its nature. Thus insight into its reality may be present in all the world's religions from the beginning of time, and there be little agreement within present religious communities regarding its presence or nature. It might be expected to undermine all communications directed at seeking to perceive it clearly and to understand how it operates. (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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