This-essay is a8601161.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 ========================================================== %TABOO AGAINST REJECTION 860116 If taboos are evil, then there should be a taboo against taboos; i.e., a taboo against rejecting persons who violate the taboo. The essence of a taboo is a threat to reject the persons who violate the taboo. The essence of evil is the personal rejection of persons who do not conform. Evil is thus the essence of the enforcement of taboos. Should there be a requirement that people who reject others for the failure to conform, should themselves be rejected for being evil? That would be absurd, and in addition it is hardly necessary. Such people eject themselves from their community by their own rejection of others. There is no point in trying to punish them by excluding them from our integrative community. Rejection is ejection from community. They eject themselves from our integrative community. We need to break the pattern of people being ejected from community, by themselves, or by others. To try to do so by ejecting people from community because they eject people from community would be absurd. We needed a way of bringing people into the integrative community, the Law of Love. The Law of Love is an affirmation of the transcendence of taboos. It is not a law which requires conformity of any kind. It implies no threat, reward or punishment. The Law of Love is an affirmation of the importance of balanced personal and communal integrity through acceptance which transcends conditions and conventions. Taboos and collusions revolve around threats seeking to promote convergent conformal behavior in the absence of open and honest dialogue about experiences, perceptions, desires, opinions, values, ideals, etc. The Law of Love is an affirmation of the ultimate importance of making it safe to be vulnerable in open and honest dialogue about personal experiences, perceptions, desires, opinions, values, ideals, etc. The presence of a threat usually elicits a counter- threat. The Law of Love points the way to break out of the vicious feed-back loop of threat and counter-threat, and points the way to meaningful security in spite of the inevitable presence of vulnerability. Love provides a way to find meaning and intimacy within the inevitable context of vulnerability and the possibility of threats and counter-threats. Technology does not. (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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