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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %PURPOSES OF COERCION 860418 Coercion takes many forms for many purposes. Coercive violence may be an expression of anger, frustration or resentment; or an expression of another emotion. The purpose may be the expression of pent up emotions which can not find a more constructive form of expression. Coercive violence may be rationalized as a means to achieve a "worthy" goal as in "police actions", parental punishments, declarations of war; or as an effort to achieve a desirable pattern of human relationships through the use of alienative means. Coercive violence may take the form of the celebration of technology for its own sake, as in the proliferation of: high technology weapons systems, consumer oriented excessive computer power, legalistic systems which serve lawyers well, death prevention through sophisticated medical technology, etc. The domain of coercion takes many forms. Coercion may occur within religions, political, economic, sexual, philosophical, artistic, etc. domains. The true explanation of the coercion is not to be found within the context of its occurrence. The context of coercion is not fundamentally religious, political, economic, or sexual in nature, for example. No such context is essentially coercive, bad or evil; none is the essence of coercion or its cause. Coercion may be initiated for the sake of the coercer, for the sake of the person coerced, or for the sake of others; perspectives depending greatly upon which role you are playing. Coercion is not always an objective reality, although in some forms of physical coercion it apparently is an objective reality. Not always is coercion apparent: to the coarser, the coerced, and/or to observers. Its nature and reality depends upon roles, perspectives, intentions, expectations, ideals, fears, etc. What is perceived may be real to the one who perceives, but not to others. That which is real may not be perceived, yet known in the depths of being, and deeply alienative even though not perceived. Coercion is not eliminated via coercion, but coercion is sometimes transcended through sacrificially being true to self and others and acting truly in love. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================