This-essay is a8101012.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 ========================================================== %DEVIL'S ORIGINAL SIN TEMPTATIONS 810101 Temptations pertain to an internal conflict within selves. On the one hand there are instincts, desires, needs, etc. which originate within the self apart from rational, logical, intellectual, etc. considerations. People who experience temptations presume that such internal motivations are fundamentally faulty, flawed, untrustworthy, misleading, dangerous, etc.; and that people at a fundamental level need external guidance and motivation in order to behave wisely in spite of the internal motivations. They presume that wisdom originates externally, not in a profound way internally. Temptation pertains to the heightening of the consciousness of the conflict between external and internal motivations. Yielding to temptation pertains to following internal motivations. Resisting temptation pertains to obeying external guidance and motivations. Analysis is not dedicated to achieving a balance between respect for internal and external guidance and motivations; but rather to deciding whether to be exclusively dedicated. People who experience temptations admit that it does not make sense to respect an internal conflict within each person as a fundamental reality. Thus the conflicts are represented as existing between two external realities which use the self as their battle ground. Temptations are conflicts between the forces of good and of evil, between God and the Devil, between law and crime, etc. There is a tendency to regard the battlefield as flawed, due to original sin. In this way inherent wisdom is dismissed, and the focus shifted to external realities and their battle within the self. Personal instincts, intuitions, desires, feelings, emotions, etc. are not to be trusted. Only external authorities are to be trusted. The stage is thus set for conflicts between external authorities seeking to dominate the self that has no self respect and no confidence in inherent wisdom. The transcendence of temptation does not have to do with deciding what is good and what is bad, but with the recognition that the respect of the notion of temptation is evil---promotes alienation, including the alienation of self from self. Love works to help people become whole beings who transcend temptation. (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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