This-essay is a7901011.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 ========================================================== %BEING GROUND ROOT REASON PUNISH EXCOMMUNICATE 790101 To ask why we say "no", "forbidden", "tabooed", and to ask why we say "yes", "required", "must"---is to seek the ground reasons for our being as we choose. The search looks for the reasons we choose for punishment given to those who disagree and disobey; and for excommunication through violence, inattention, indifference, and mystification. That which is "reasonable" depends upon what we choose as the ground for our being and doing. The response we make to "why" flows from what we fear, trust, seek, desire, and feel we need more than anything else. The "why" may not be logical; e.g.; when "why" is essentially traditional. The "why" may not be practical in a technical sense; e.g., when it is fundamentally affectional. The "reason" that Jill regards Jack's "why" as absurd reveals much about the differences between Jack and Jill's being and doing, and about their ground roots of reason. Reason is nurtured by roots which sink deep into the ground of basic presuppositions regarding what is most important, most valuable, most worthy of honor, respect, awe, and admiration. When we respond to "why" we reveal the ground in which our reason sinks roots for nourishment. The "why" for saying "no", for "punishing", and for "excommunicating" our associates reveals what we worship, what idols we serve, what we regard as beyond question. To punish is to give a reason for not disagreeing and disobeying, but it does not give a reason for punishing If natural consequences do not discourage us --- we seek to give unnatural reasons. Such artificial reasons may be wise in some situations, but they are often given when they are not wise, only self serving. In such artificial punishment we reveal what is most important to us, and how deep or shallow our roots sink into a ground for our being an doing. The richness of our being and doing depend upon the richness and variety of the ground into which we sink our roots. This may be revealed by the reasons we say "no", and "punish", and "excommunicate"; or seek to avoid doing so. Those values which prompt us to alienate, estrange, and so occasion the condition of sin---define what is "reasonable" to us, define the ground of our being and doing and dying. (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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