This-essay is a8003061.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 ========================================================== %COMPETING FOR PERSON OWNERSHIP 800306 Much of human conflict pertains to competition for the ownership of persons. People try to generate moral laws to regulate the competition and clarify ownership rights. Much of morality deals with issues of personal ownership and competition for personal ownership. The regulation of personal intimacy deals with the ownership of exclusive communication privileges. The ownership of exclusive rights deals with the right to occasion alienation in punishment for trespass upon exclusive rights. Territories of relationship are defined and persons are granted territorial rights, rights to exclude others from defined kinds of relationships with owned persons. Morality then deals with the regulation of the acquisition, defense, exchange, trade, etc. of those "territorial rights". This is a natural extension of the territorial imperative with regards to geographic territories---in which organisms find the food, shelter, and mates necessary to their survival. Territorial rights with regards to exclusive personal relationships also deal with affectional rights which are perceived as essential to survival. Unfortunately, the technology for protecting such rights undermines the rights which are ostensible protected. The technology occasions alienation, rather than promotes intimacy. People who are owned tend to shy away from genuine intimacy. Ownership does not promote communication. The ownership of exclusive communication rights is an absurd concept---which does not recognize the nature of human communication and motivation to be intimate. Competition for exclusive intimacy rights does not promote honest intimacy, it promotes alienation, sin, evil, and violence. Ownership of persons is called slavery when it is overt. Keeping it covert does not minimize the alienation occasioned by such unbalanced exercise of power. The owned person is perceived to have duties and obligation which the owner does not have. Often the owner is perceived to have no special duties and obligations occasioned by the status of ownership. The lack of mutuality in the relationship makes intimate and honest dialogue between slave and owner impossible. This is true in husband-wife, teacher-student, employer-employee, and all similar relationships which are not usually regarded as master-slave relationships. (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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