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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.} ========================================================== %LIFE'S PLEASURES 861128 Life's pleasures give themselves to us when we are responsive to God's integrative spirit, not when we seek to capture them as truths in formal ways of representing them as unchanging truths. Mutual pleasures are not mutually exclusive, but seek each other's company. Bitterness is occasioned by fools who seek exclusivity and unchanging truths which are exclusive in their demands for individual commitment and loyalty. No perspective is complete in itself, more deserving of total commitment. When we seek one perspective worthy of total and exclusive commitment we find bitterness instead of pleasure in what we seek. In love God does not seek to label any reality or perspective as evil, for such labels are alienative and not in the way of God's integrative spirit. People who seek that which is worthy of exclusive commitment do not accept God's love which is inclusive and so such people do not find God or know God. They know not that which they seek, because of their exclusive presuppositions. Their truths tend to be bitter truths because of their alienative qualities which flow from exclusivity. People who seek exclusive truths become fewer and fewer as they seek the perfect fulfillment of their presuppositions. In the end they are alone, rather than in Love. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================