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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.} ========================================================== %ADDICTION CONTROL INTEGRITY KILL 870327 We often attempt to control: our own lives; other people's lives; our or others' thoughts, emotions, dialogue, behaviors; the consequences of our or others' thoughts, emotions, dialogue, behaviors; etc. We attempt control because: our role models have, we have been taught to and are expected to do so, our ideals and values lead us to do so; we are lead to attempt to be in control through fears, desires, hopes, aspirations; and to celebrate technologies, etc. If we could not understand, predict and control objective processes we would not be tempted to attempt to be in control of life processes. What we can do with inanimate objects we are tempted to attempt to do with animate objects; presenting ourselves to them as if there were no essential differences worthy of respect and consideration. In doing so we threaten our own integrity and the integrity of the animated community of beings which are not merely objects. Our lives disintegrate when we become compulsive in our attempts to be in control. We resent and rebel against each other's attempt to control us, and/or attach ourselves to each other in patterns of perverse inter- dependency and manipulative control. Our rebellion indicates the disintegrative implications and perverse consequences of attempting to be in control. We can not control the consequences of attempting to be in control because we lack infinite knowledge, information, wisdom, love, power, justice and presence. Through finitude we fail to understand, predict and control of our lives and purposes when we attempt to be fully in control. We live more integrative lives when we do not attach ourselves and our egos to the task of being in control. We promote integrity in our lives, and in our associates and communities when we detach ourselves from our futile tasks of being in control. The chief end of man is not to be in control, but to be in dialogue with integrity. Attempts to be in control often undermine and inhibit dialogue which is essential to personal and communal integrity. As disintegration sets in we clutch as addicts do to presumed means for regaining control. Addiction kills. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================