This-essay is a8303271.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 ========================================================== %LOVING AS GOD 830327 The essence of Love is working sacrificially to help create a community with the social and personal integrity that frees its members to be and feel secure in open and honest dialogue regarding all their differences. Love works sacrificially to free people to be vulnerable in intimate relationships with other persons who are different in complementary and conflicting ways. The work of love is passionate and thoughtful, and in it people give meaning to their communal living by prioritizing the values and people who come into conflict. People who are in Love resolve their most severe conflicts without alienation, because of Love working sacrificially to help sustain a community with the social and personal integrity that frees its members to be and feel secure in open and honest dialogue regarding all their differences. God is Love. Evil is the absence of Love, just as darkness is the absence of light. Evil is overcome by Love, just as light dispels darkness. The absence of Love ceases to be in the presence of Love, just as darkness ceases to be in the presence of light. The power of evil is much like the power of darkness, which can be dispelled by even a small amount of light. Evil does not have the power to overcome the power of love, any more than the greatest darkness has the power to overcome the light of a tiny birthday candle. The essence of evil is alienation which is the absence of love, just as the essence of darkness is the opposite of the presence of light; i.e., the absence of light. Given the nature of evil it is futile to fight evil with technologies which occasion alienation, just as it is futile to fight darkness with beams of darkness designed to cut through the darkness to split the darkness asunder. Evil cannot be overcome through the use of alienative: intellectual, mechanical, electrical, atomic, nuclear, or legalistic technologies. All alienative technologies increase evil, as soot increases darkness by absorbing light. The works of Love continue, just as the sources of light continues to shine and dispel the darkness. When the light goes out the darkness returns. If the works of love fail then evil returns in much the same way. For this reason the greatest commandment is that people love one another. (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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