This-essay is a8212061.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 ========================================================== %DECEIVING GOD 821206 Authoritarian parents bring up authoritarian children who act as if they respect authoritarians who exercise power over them. In practice children compete for the right to exercise authority over others, and to be consistent children show respect for those who exercise authority over them. If children did not show respect for those people who exercise authority over them now, the children would tend to undermine the power structure within which there is meaning in their struggle to become one of the persons who enjoy the privilege of exercising power over others. A culture which is authoritarian and conceives the ultimate power of the universe to be an authoritarian god, is bound to have some problems with integrity. Members of the culture will have been trained to show respect for authority when in their hearts and minds they do not feel and think in respectful ways. The culture will lack integrity and will have difficulty dealing with the concept of an all-powerful and all-knowing god who is an authoritarian in the image of their parents. If god is made in the image of authoritarian parents the children of god will naturally behave in the image of obedient children, who without feeling and honesty show respect for other authoritarian children. That image is inconsistent with the concept of a God that is Love. The result is that the people of the culture will lack the integrity to deal openly and honestly with each other and with the ultimate powers of the universe; their culture will lack integrity and survival value. It will not survive long in an environment that does not show respect for self-deception, collusions, and dishonesty. God's natural laws are not participants in the collusions of authoritarian people. The practice of mutual deception depends upon people not being aware of each other's thoughts and feelings, apart from explicit efforts to communicate such thoughts and feelings to each other. Authoritarians desensitize people to achieve this degree of non-awareness and believe that "mind-reading" is impossible in order to facilitate mutual deception. By extension they believe that God cannot know their inner feelings and thoughts, and believe that they are deceiving an authoritarian God. (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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