This-essay is a8012092.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 ========================================================== %REJECTION AS REFUSAL TO RELATE 801209 Rejection is the refusal to relate to: people, feelings, desires, words, sensory experiences, ideas, contexts, needs, etc. When people are participating in a balanced pattern of affirmations they are relating in a balanced way to people, feelings, desires, words, sensory experiences, ideas, contexts, needs, etc. There is no rejection implicit in a balanced pattern of such affirmations, even though there is an inability to relate in all imaginable ways. There is no rejection implicit in an admission of finitude---and so a pattern of participating in only a finite portion of all possible relationships. There is implicit in rejection an aversion towards the rejected relationship, possibly a fear of getting involved in it. Involvement in some relationships may be regarded as "evil", and so the grounds for excommunication. Excommunication involves passing judgment, aliena- tion, banishment, and in some instances imprisonment. Each of these may take explicit or implicit forms, as often as not---being objectively not evident to the casual observer. Excommunication in its various forms tends to involve various forms of rejection. People reject participation in some kinds of relationships---because they fear the rejection of excommunication. Through rejection people lose touch with essential realities such as feelings, emotions, sensory experiences, spiritual relationships, and other people. Such rejections involve dishonesty, a refusal to acknowledge such realities, a pretense that they are not real or important. Through rejection they cease to be foci for attention. Attention tends to be focused upon realities of more limited natures, realities which are not perceived as threatening---even though focusing exclusively upon them may be so deadening as to render those so focused as good as dead---totally insensitive to their environment. People who are insensitive to their changing environment cannot adapt to it so as to survive meaningfully. For this reason rejection is not an effective strategy for meaningful survival. (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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