This-essay is a8009271.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 ========================================================== %VALUES' ORIGIN PEACE CONFLICT RESOLUTION+800927 %ULTIMATE CONCERN EXCLUSIVE GOOD EVIL 800927 If only all positive values originate in God (the name of any supremely coherent source of all positive values) then other values originate in a source which is in conflict with God. Thus, any value which is in conflict with a positive value must originate in the Devil. The primary assumption sets the stage for a history of conflict between values, and between the people who embody such values. Goodness, and so personal acceptability, becomes identified with service of the correct set of values. Evil, and so personal excommunication, becomes identified with service of the incorrect set of values. The stage is set for alienation between the good people and the evil people. They are blinded to the shallowness of the stage on which they play, originating in the shallowness of the primary assumption which set the stage. We cannot serve exclusive values and Love at the same time. Values which can be affirmed only be disaffirmation of other values are exclusive values which occasion alienation, rather than love. The work of Love is not the disaffirmation of any values. The work of Love is the transcendence of alienation, and so the transcendence of exclusive values, and so the transcendence of the assumption that all positive values originate in God. Love does not call us to affirm in an exclusive way any superior set of values. Love calls us to transcend alienation and alienative values. Human reconciliation does not flow from ultimate dedication to a superior set of values. Mutual understanding does not originate in the achievement of superior knowledge and skills. Dialogue is not promoted by conformity to any superior behavior pattern. Those people who know that they are in some way superior to others tend to occasion alienation, not reconciliation. Conflict resolution cannot be based upon a superior set of values. Peacemakers are not in the service of a superior set of values. Peace comes to those who are dedicated to the promotion of mutual dialogue, rather than to those who seek to affirm the ultimate importance of any set of values. (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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