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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.} ========================================================== %APPROPRIATE FEAR OF DISINTEGRATION 861119 Appropriate fear leads to appropriate action. Inappropriate fear leads to paralysis and inaction. Appropriate fear of disintegration leads to constructive integrative action motivated by Love. Inappropriate fear of disintegration leads to paralysis, inaction and disintegration. There are many kinds of fear. Not all kinds of fear are appropriate. Only certain kinds of fear in certain contexts are appropriate and integrative in their ultimate effects. Fear which flows from ignorance and/or confusion is not integrative fear. Such fear does not lead to integrative action. Yet fear of ignorance and confusion is appropriate and naturally leads to integrative action. People who use fear as a tool thereby engage in evil behavior; i.e., disintegrative behavior entailing alienation, the breakdown of communication, dialogue, community. Being technologically sophisticated, well educated and powerful does not protect anybody against the disintegration of such technological use of fear. Disintegration flows from inappropriate understanding of integrity. Any "integrity" which persists only through coercion is not genuine integrity, and the false appearance of integrity will disintegrate in due course. Legalistic morality designed to organize technocratic conformity flows from an inappropriate understanding of integrity. Its disintegration in spite of efforts to enforce law and order is the tragic fruit of the misunderstanding of the essence of integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================