This-essay is a8102021.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 ========================================================== %JUDGMENT VS REPENTANCE VS RECONCILIATION 810202 To an "insider" a re-dedication to dominant exclusive values (against which one has temporarily rebelled) may appear to be repentance. Such pseudo- repentance generally involves an alienative elitist judgment against self, for some rebellion against the dominant collusive values---and a re-affirmation of the dichotomies which those values maintain. The pseudo repentance thus obscures the sinful nature of the repentance and of the values to which self returns. It is a "repentance" which serves an evil collusion, and is not really a repentance. Real repentance promotes increased dialogue among all selves---including among all of each person's selves. Real repentance does not occasion any alienative judgments of any kind. Those people who have really repented do not regard themselves as an elite separated from those who have not repented. Real repentance occasions reconciliation rather than alienative judgments. Real repentance is involved in the transcendence of alienative dichotomies between misunderstanding cultures. Pseudo-repentance is characteristic of the elitists who make superficial attempts to transcend such dichotomies, but end up re-dedicating themselves to their traditional alienative values. Collusions are challenged when people enter into intimate relationships with people who transcend their own collusions. Participants in collusions are prone to "repent" from such intimate relationships when they become fearful of the consequences of their lack of faith in their collusion. They perceive themselves as unfaithful to their collusions primary values and feel threatened by the people who affirm their collusive primary values. They feel insecure and unsure of their new visions, and return to their old ways of feeling and thinking--- despite the dissatisfactions which they have experienced due to them. They are threatened by the shaking of the foundations of their old being and by the vision of their potential new being, and do not have the courage to be new beings in open and honest intimate relationships which are free of depersonalizing fears. One of the functions of a collusion is to make the return of temporary rebels appear to be a kind of repentance which is real. If it is real, it will promote greater openness, honesty, freedom, integrity, and dialogue. (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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