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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.} ========================================================== %ACTS OF LOVE OBJECTIVITY 860805 Acts of love are not systematic according to a calculated program. They do not conform to any set of prescriptions which can be accurately articulated in advance. The promptings of love can not be prescribed. In a sense they can not be fully described, even though they can be pointed to with admiration. The acts of love are not coercive. They do not engender rebellion, resistance, defensiveness or resentment. The acts of love promote mutuality and understanding in relationships where vulnerability is safe and mutual. Love facilitates intimacy. Love leads to security without defensive maneuvers or technologies. Love does not elicit guilt from those who have failed to conform to expectations, because it is not a systematic program of behavior according to a calculated program. Love does not promote expectations of conformity to any set of prescriptions which can be articulated accurately in advance. Love promotes both personal and communal integrity; not personal conformity to communal expectations, nor communal conformity to the dictates of the powerful few. Love, thus, does not focus upon any system of moral o ethical prescriptions regarding proper behavior for specified situations. Love does not promote a sense of guilt (self-rejection) for failure to conform to such a moral or ethical system of situational prescriptions. Love does not prompt people to reject others who fail to conform to such a system, no matter how good the system may be. Love does not call upon one person to behave in similar situations. Love does not prompt conformal behavior. Acts of love are not essentially objective acts and can not be adequately described in their essence as objective acts. Objective descriptions do not capture the essence of acts of love, and can not prescribe essentially loving acts. Acts of love are not really acts of love apart from the relationships among the participants in the acts of love. Those who are not participants in the acts of love can not know the essence of the actions, thus can not describe their essence objectively. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================