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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.} ========================================================== %ESSENTIALLY DISINTEGRATIVE GUILT 870116 Guilt is essentially disintegrative. Guilt is self rejection. Guilt entails a splitting of the self into a judgmental portion which identifies itself with an external judgmental group of people, ideals and values; and another self viewed as responsible for non-conformal behaviors. The feelings of guilt are symptoms of the disintegration of the self into mutually rejective selves that are in the service of ideas, ideals, values, desires, fears, etc. which are in conflict among themselves. Guilt is a symptom of conflict, not an indication of integration. It is absurd for people who are dedicated to promoting both personal and communal integrity to promote and encourage guilt of any form. Disintegration is not the foundation for courage, and to encourage disintegration leads not to courage; but to fear, timidity, indecision and incoherence. The encouragement of guilt and the use of guilt as an instrument of manipulation is evil and sinful; leading to alienation, estrangement and disintegration. This is true regardless of the ultimate ideals and values ostensibly being served. Guilt is essentially evil and sinful. It can not be used in integrative ways. Repentance which is motivated by guilt is a return to conformity and conventionality, it is not redemptive salvation in returning home to a community with personal integrity. Guilt is not an integrative motivation for redemptive repentance, it is the disintegration of personal integrity, and so also ultimately of communal integrity. It is better to pray personally and communally for integrity than it is to disintegrate with feelings of guilt. It is better to promote personal and communal honesty and integrity than it is to promote guilt which leads to personal and communal disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================