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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.} ========================================================== %ENVY JEALOUSY GREED CONTROL POSSESSIONS OWN 880418 When we presume to be in full control of significant events in our lives we open ourselves up to the alienations of envy, jealousy and greed. When we presume to have a right to control property by virtue of ownership, and regard the right to control as an exclusive right, we lay the foundations for envy, jealousy and greed. What we have a right to control to the exclusion of others' right to control, the right comes between us and them; alienating us from them. Envy, jealousy and greed act to alienate people in search of exclusive control through ownership. Our envy, jealousy and greed cannot be satisfied through ownership and control. There is never enough of anything to satisfy the desires of those of us addicted to have more than other people; because they desire to have more than we have. We cannot all have more than everybody else has. We can, however, all be members of a united healthy community free of the desire to be in exclusive control of owned possessions. Possessiveness is an attitude in regards to relationships among people and possessions. Possessiveness is a symptom of insecurity for which possessions are not a cure. Possessiveness leads to defensiveness and insecurity, not to the satisfaction of the desire to possess and control through unambiguous ownership. The cure for envy, jealousy and greed is not the possession of a superior moral or ethical code. Rather, we need a new set of attitudes. We need new habits of perception, thought, feeling and response. We need habits of thought which do not include believing that exclusive control of things and people is desirable. We need habits of perception which do not see people as things to be controlled. We need habits of feeling which do not include feeling good when thinking about being in control. We need habits of response which do include listening actively and carefully to all forms of messages present in our personal interactions. If we really desired to know what each other was perceiving, thinking, feeling, and how others were in their reality responding; we would not be so preoccupied with possessions, envy, jealousy and greed. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================