This-essay is a8501171.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 ========================================================== %NEGLECTED PRIORITIES 850117 Often what is done is not inherently wrong, bad, evil, etc. It is not wrong to drink a cup of tea in leisure and relaxation; but to so while your immediate and dear neighbor could easily be saved by putting the tea down and lifting a ladder to the second story window of his burning house is wrong. Following perverted priorities and ideals may be more wrong than actually doing forbidden acts. Laws and moral codes tend to focus upon prohibitions, saying what must not be done. Such prohibitions do not have the power to promote personal and communal integrity; they are barely safety nets to retard disintegration due to extremes of perverted behavior. Negativisms can rarely have genuinely positive results. The promotion of personal and communal integrity follows only from values, ideals and desires which are integrative in nature; leading people to set priorities in integrative ways. Integrity flows from making appropriate choices among alternatives. Disintegration flows from neglecting integrative opportunities in favor or other opportunities which are less integrative, even though not forbidden, illegal or obviously immoral. It is not enough to avoid the "no-noes". Salvation is not enjoyed by being innocent of crimes. Salvation is enjoyed by people caught up in integrative efforts. The question is not what did you do that was wrong. The question is what did you do which would have been more integrative? Feeding the hungary. Visiting the alienated. Clothing the vulnerable with security. Comforting the lonely. The question has to do with missed alternative opportunities which would have been more integrative than the alternatives chosen. It is impossible to fulfill all alternatives. It is possible to choose integrative alternatives over less integrative ones. (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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