This-essay is a8509231.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 ========================================================== %FEARING FORGIVES & RECONCILIATION 850923 When we have regarded another person as evil and dangerous it is difficult to accept their forgiveness and to be reconciled to them. Even in the face of great danger created by a refusal to accept their forgiveness we find it difficult to admit that a mistake was made in regarding them as inherently evil. We seek to justify our actions rather than seek reconciliation and mutual understanding upon which to build peaceful relationships. To accept the implicitly offered forgiveness of people whom we have regarded as evil is to admit implicitly that we were tragically wrong in our conviction that they were evil. That would be an implicit admission that our behavior was evil, and by our own standards a judgment that we were evil as persons. That is too much to accept, and we prefer to continue to defend ourselves against our imagined enemy who seeks to forgive us for our alienative behavior. How are we to know if they enemy we fear is worthy of fear or is seeking reconciliation? Are their moves towards reconciliation to be trusted, or are they moves in a deceptive game? Are they objectively our enemy, or do we make them our enemy by our conviction that they are our enemy? Is our relationship of alienation primarily of our choosing, or of their choosing? How can we find answers to such questions without bias? Does our enemy require us to give up our own convictions? Does our enemy require us to grant them unquestioned power over us? Does our enemy require us to work for enemy ideals? Is our enemy genuinely interested in promoting personal and communal integrity on a global scale? Or, how would our enemy respond to these questions in reverse fashion? Such considerations may help find answers which are reasonably free of bias? To find them we must first want them, and we may be deathly afraid of them even unto death. (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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