This-essay is a8001161.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 ========================================================== %EMBARRASSED BY LOVE = GOD 800116 People who value objectivity and distancing are often embarrassed by Love which moves people towards subjective dialogue and union. If objectivity is regarded as a prerequisite to meaningful relationships which involve people as observers, then anything which undermines objectivity will be embarrassing. Love which moves people towards dialogue and union thus threatens objectivity in the ways in which people approach each other. The promptings of Love are thus regarded as improper and threatening, and techniques are developed for dealing with such improper desires. Perceptions, rules, laws, policies, and their like are created as technical images of proper human behavior, and then set up for ultimate concern and worship. They serve to protect embarrassed technocrats from the promptings of Love. People who are accustomed to playing games in which they seek to fulfill each other's technocratic expectations---find it threatening to honestly reveal their own thoughts, experiences, feelings, desires, hopes, fears, etc. For them life is essentially a secret process of dealing with other peoples' expectations and demands. They are essentially isolated, alienated from other peoples expectations and demands. They are essentially isolated, alienated from other people---for they can trust no one to know the essence of their being. The promptings of Love threaten the defensive walls of secrecy, the essence of their security. Love is the ultimate threat to the essence of their way of coping, and ultimately embarrasses them. Technocrats can not being to live until they recognize that they have stopped living: stopped feeling, stopped communicating, stopped listening, stopped dialogue. Only when they recognize the value of unconditional dialogue can they respond to the promptings of Love and transcend the embarrassment which they occasion. Their traditional ultimate concerns must take second place to facilitating listening and dialogue. They must learn to accept personal embarrassment as an essential part of human growth, not as an evil which must be avoided at all costs. Growth is one with dialogue prompted by Love---which does not ultimately value technocratic means and goals, and so embarrasses technocrats. (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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