This-essay is a8502111.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 ========================================================== %TRAGEDIES 850211 Many tragedies flow from failing to make important distinctions, noticing the differences between different situations, realities, opportunities, etc. Natural laws are descriptions of how natural processes occur. The two are quite different. Failing to notice the difference can make a tragic difference. Natural objects are not punished by God for failing to follow the natural laws which describe how natural objects always behave. The natural laws flow from how natural objects always behave. Natural objects never disobey natural laws and there is no punishment for failing to obey natural laws. God is not a police- man/judge. It is tragic to treat human laws as some kind of mirror image of natural laws. Human laws do not flow from formulating descriptions of how humans actually behave. The DO NOT flow from formulating descriptions of how humans actually behave. They flow from articulating desires of people regarding how they wish that humans would behave. That is quite different. Prescriptive law, prohibitions and laying on of responsibilities are in fact threats to punish if certain circumstances are not met. In a less formal way traditions, collusions and taboos are threats to punish for failure to conform to prescribed expectations of a positive or negative nature. Such human threats are not like natural laws which describe natural un-contrived processes. The threats involve human decisions, choices, ideals and values. The threats are not objective facts beyond human choice. Human laws play a useful role in regulating human behavior. Tragically, however, they are often used in the name of community---in ways which undermine the unity of a community by violating the integrity of persons and the community. When laws are used as the excuse for rejecting people, for excommunicating them, such use of laws breaks down the communications which unify the community. Alienated members of a community undermine the unity of the community. When a community alienates members of the community it alienates also those nearest and dearest to the alienated members of the community. The rejection of one person leads to the alienation not only of the one rejected, but also of those nearest and dearest to the rejected one. Humans often mistakenly think they are doing God = Love's work in rejecting others. There is quite a difference between their alienative work and God's work of Love. (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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