This-essay is a8408121.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 ========================================================== %CONTROLLING DESIRES & THOUGHTS 840812 Even in this infamous year of 1984 we as nations, religious groups, political parties, economic groups, etc. can not control the desires and thoughts of individual members. This is true regardless of how many people are fundamentalists, liberals, rightists, leftists, democrats, dictators, communists, socialists, capitalists, etc. and pride themselves in being like they are. It is even true of people who pride themselves on how well they control their own thoughts and desires! We can not control our thoughts and desires so long as our society and friends do not give us positive encouragement to own our thoughts and desires, to claim them as legitimately our own. We can not control that which we do not legitimately own. We have no right to control that which is not legitimately ours and socially recognized as legitimately ours. This is true of personal property; it is also true of personal thoughts and desires. The former truth is generally accepted. The latter truth is generally ignored, with tragic consequences. That which we do not legitimately own tends to act on its own. Our thoughts and desires which we do not legitimately own---tend to be expressed in ways over which we have no control. That which is repressed within us pops up in uncontrolled ways which are not always recognized as expressions of that which was repressed. Repressed people find ways to express their anger, frustration and dis-respect for dictators who repress them. Repressed thoughts and desires are similar. When we are positively encouraged to legitimately own our own thoughts and desires---we are free to share them and consider the possible consequences of the large variety of ways in which we might give expression in action to our thoughts and desires. Others may help us to recognized the undesirable consequences of thoughtlessly giving overt expression in actions to thoughts and desires which would undermine personal and/or communal integrity. Only when a community takes positive steps to encourage its members to legitimately own their personal thoughts and desires, can the members of the community help each other to express their thoughts and desires in honest integrative ways. (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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