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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.} ========================================================== %PATERNAL STEALING RESPONSIBLE BURDEN 870114 Paternalism is the stealing of the burden of personal responsibility from people who need to learn how to carry it with dignity and integrity. The natural reaction to paternalism is to resent such a deprivation of dignity and the resultant disintegration to which it leads. It is not easy to get to the roots of paternalism in an integrative way. Paternalists seem to want to protect people, but mostly they want to protect themselves from a sense of irresponsibility. They believe that they can work out their own salvation by working to save others from what others do not save themselves. Paternalists believe that they have the power to do for others what others do not do for themselves. Paternalism has to do with having and using power, with paternalists having and exercising more power than their children. Paternalists do not promote a system of checks and balances to avoid the corruption which characterizes unbalanced power. Paternalism is perverse because it is the perversion of noble and powerful paternal instincts. The instincts which drive people to engage in paternalistic behavior are instincts which are more deeply rooted than verbally defined responsibilities; yet they are instincts which have been diverted from their proper course by verbal confusion over unrecognized differences. Paternalists covet power and the sense of fulfilling their responsibility, but they can not effectively share that power and responsibility with those who have less power and responsibility. They selfishly do not want to burden those whom they seek to serve with they burden of responsibility and power, and the risks of failing to be responsible with power. When people are not expected to do for themselves what is normal for people to do for themselves they become dependent rather than interdependent. Paternalism leads people to become resentfully dependent rather than appreciatively interdependent in mature ways. Paternalism leads to addictions to dependent behavior patterns within which people do not have the power to fulfill their own responsibilities to take good care of themselves. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================