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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.} ========================================================== %CONFESSIONS OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS 870209 There is a need for integrative services of worship to include confessions of self righteousness as well as confessions of guilt. Guilt is often associated with evil behavior. So also are self righteousness, condemnations, rejection, excommunication, indifference, self satisfaction, being judgmental, being paternalistic, etc. associated with evil behavior. It is not helpful to show partiality as to which kind of evil behavior is regarded as most worthy of guilt. Condemnation of any form of evil behavior is disintegrative and a form of evil behavior. Self righteousness is not a form of integrative behavior, no matter how integrative may be the intentions of the self righteous people. The fruits of self righteousness are disintegration, alienation and estrangement. Self righteousness is not an achievement worthy of respect or of a sense of satisfaction. Alienative pride is not something to be proud of, and is not worthy of respect. We do not achieve integrity by being better than those whom we look down upon and refuse to help. These facts are not concealed from the pure in heart by any vestments of sophistication. The self righteous do conceal these facts from themselves and each other by their sophisticated games of mutual self deception. Their games lead to personal and communal disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================