This-essay is a8302261.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 ========================================================== %FEAR OF INTEGRITY 830226 Each of us tends to fear whomever is in a position to threaten whatever false games of mutual self deception we may be playing with those closest to us. If our dishonest games are exposed, our comfortable world will crumble. Our lives will lose the meaning and stability we have built through our system of incoherent self-deceptions. We recognize in some dim way that our incoherent system has less strength than a coherent one with greater integrity. Yet, we have grown comfortable with, and gain private advantages from, our inferior system, so we defend it against all threats. We are likely to perceive as an attack upon us any effort by a person of integrity to point out to us the lack of coherence in our way of perceiving and responding to situations in keeping with our games of mutual self- deception. We are likely to perceive their ways of coping, not as an alternative which we might wisely adopt, but as an evil threat upon our measure of success. Their balanced way of perceiving what is real to them---we may see as perverted and inconsistent with what we believe to be true. To protect our highly specialized way of seeing things, we will most likely seek to avoid becoming familiar with alternative ways of seeing things which might offer us a more balanced conception of the nature of reality in all its complexity. The scientists among us have developed highly formal and mathematical conceptions of reality. Close attention to sensory, emotional, personal, and social experiences is bound to uncover weaknesses in their highly formal systems. Often scientists play dishonest games of mutual self-deception. They pretend that somehow their ways of perceiving are inherently more "true" than the ways other people perceive reality through unstructured and unplanned sensory, emotional, personal, and social experiences. They pretend that highly planned and controlled experiences somehow reveal the true nature of reality, better than do spontaneous experiences characterized by uninhibited openness and honesty. Such scientists tend to fear the perceptions of balanced people who have the integrity to work cooperatively with people of a wide range of ways of understanding and giving meaning to their experiences. (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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