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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.} ========================================================== %PRISONS OF EXCLUSIVE COMPULSIVE ALTERNATIVE 880601 If only one alternative for action is apparent and there is a strong drive to do it, then it is all but impossible to conceive of any other alternative; as it is apparently in the nature of things that the one option must be done. A person who is trapped in situations where there is only one thing which can be done, is in prison. People who are put in prison have their freedom to select from among alternatives thereby reduced. They are not free to deal with all the alternatives which are open to people who are not in prison. How are people who find themselves in prisons to be liberated from their prisons? All people need to become aware of and free to choose responsibly from wide ranges of opportunities. Responsible choices are made responsively; i.e., with a willingness to be responsive to those who may inquire as to the motivations and reasons for the choice. Through dialogue regarding many alternative choices much can be learned. The essence of liberal education is the expansion of known and available alternatives. Liberally educated people are aware of more alternatives than people who are not liberally educated, and so are free to choose from a wider range of alternatives. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================