This-essay is a8008291.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 ========================================================== %TRUTHFUL VS CHARITABLE COMMON 800829 Intellectuals, scientists, rationalists, etc. tend to focus upon whether or not a statement is true or false. Legalists and moralists tend to focus upon whether it is legal, proper, moral, ethical, or legitimate to make the statement---sometimes without and sometimes with concern for the context of making the statement. In all these instances there is a tendency towards exclusivity within subcultures that value certain statements in common, and that value people---who share such statements in common. Such people tend not to value other people who do not share such statements in common. Thus in these instances the nature of the focus upon statements tends to be alienative. The world is divided into the good people and the good statements they make on the one hand, and evil people and the evil statements which they make on the other hand. Dialogue is thus blocked, misunderstanding promoted, and alienation rules. People who get trapped in the above perceptual framework need to consider other alternative ways of considering statements. Regardless of how statements appear from the above perspectives they may be regarded as charitable or alienative. Here the word "charitable" is intended to connote helpful, loving, promoting wisdom, practical and useful. It is worth spending time considering charitable statements. Many charitable statements would not be viewed positively from the perspectives indicated above. Not all statements need be either charitable or alienative---there may be statements which are neither charitable nor alienative. It should also be noted that many statements which are regarded positively by the formerly noted criteria are alienative, and many of the statements which are regarded negatively by the former criteria are charitable. The charitable/alienative perspective leads to independent judgments regarding the value of statements. To be wise we need to transcend the limitations of the first set of criteria without losing sight of their utility. The first set of criteria should not be permitted to imprison us in perceptions which occasion alienative behavior. The charitable/alienative criteria offers a more liberating way of judging the value of statements. (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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