This-essay is a8012201.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 ========================================================== %JACK ESCAPING CONVENTIONALITY 801220 Jack and Jill have been living conventional lives. Their assumptions, perceptions, questions, answers, desires, feelings, etc. have been conventional---in conformity with cultural norms. They have taken for granted that conventionality is normal; that human behavior always conforms to conventional behavior patterns. Any instance of unconventional behavior would be perceived as inhumane and threatening to them. Even more threatening would be someone who asserted that it was perverse to permit conventions to dominate personal assumptions, perceptions, questions, answers, desires, feelings, etc.; and that real persons are and should be free to transcend conventions---to behave wisely in terms of profound personal perceptions, insights, intuitions, desires, and feelings. To conventional Jack and Jill such a claim appears as a leak in the dike which protects their community against the ocean of undisciplined passions. One day Jill begins to perceive the perverse effects of rigid conventionality. She is frightened by her perceptions---but cannot with integrity suppress them and forget them. She loves Jack conventionally, but yearns to learn what it would be like to love Jack in ways which transcend conventionality. Yet, she fears that were she to admit her yearnings to Jack, he would be so frightened that he would conventionally reject her, excommunicate her, leaving her without even conventional love. She is married in a tradition where marriage is supposed to be exclusive and forever---so to be rejected by Jack is tantamount to death. Jill becomes aware that John has had perceptions and yearnings tending toward the transcendence of conventionality. She, bit by bit, comes to trust John more than she feels free to trust Jack. While learning what it is like to love John in ways which transcend conventionality, she maintains her conventional marriage to Jack with whom she does not feel free to be honest. Society rewards her dishonest conventional behavior, and would punish her if she were honest about her honest relationship with John. She finds it difficult to live with integrity within her conventional society, and plants the seeds of revolution with hope and faith that future generations will not be so imprisoned by conventionality. (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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