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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.} ========================================================== %UNARTICULATED VALUES AND IDEALS 861127 Many values and ideals exist and lead through unarticulated forms. Because they are unarticulated forms they tend not to have been appraised as regards how charitable and/or evil they may be; or in other ways what consequences they may lead to. Commitments to values and ideals lead to consequences, even if such commitments are make in an ultimate way, rather than as chosen means to achieve the fulfillment of other values and ideals which are explicitly regarded as ultimate ideals. Commitments to ultimate ideals have consequences just as commitments to instrumental ideals. The dynamics of the processes leading to the consequences are not, however, likely to be obvious to those for whom the ideals are ultimate, beyond examination. To the committed people the articulation of ultimate ideals may appear as blasphemy, for an articulation may expose for assessment the evil, alienative, consequences of being ultimately committed to the particular ideals. The revelations which are made possible by the articulation of idolatrous ideals may, however, eventually lead to the salvation of the idolaters who are perhaps trapped in an idolatrous collusion. Does it make sense to claim that genuinely ultimate ideals and values are of such a character that attempts to clarify dialogue about them will lead to evil consequences? Is clear dialogue ever bound to lead to alienation if it is entered into in a charitable way? Genuine dialogue about the consequences of commitments to ultimate ideals will not lead to alienation, except as it is opposed by alienated people who are committed to alienative ideals and values. Yet this does not make clear which set of ideals and values is alienative. How is one to make clear when any particular set of ideals and values is alienative? People who are the servants of Love do not generate alienation deliberately with indifference to the welfare of those alienated. Real lovers do not serve their own interests at the expense of others. The work of integration seeks as comprehensive an integration as is possible, rather than provincial advantage at global expense. Often people who are dedicated to idolatrous ideals reveal their nature by the providential nature of their concerns and by their selfishness. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================