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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.} ========================================================== %GOOD CHRISTIAN MARTYR EVIL RESCUE ADDICT LOVE 890411 So long as good religious leaders teach their faithful followers that individual personal salvation depends upon being servants willing to rescue people who do not take good care of themselves-----so long there will be people who are taught by good religious martyrs that they may get loving attention by creating for themselves good crises which will provide opportunity for good religious service. The religious leaders may be Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or of some other orientation. The effect will be much the same regardless of their religious orientation. If religious leaders do not understand the dynamics of the interpersonal relationships between addicts and their servant codependents, then the religious leaders are bound to lead their followers into the collusive games of mutual self deception which characterize the dishonest relationships between addicts and their codependents. If religious leaders mislead their followers into believing that salvation is purely a personal matter, dependent upon individual personal efforts; then individuals will play games of mutual self deception in which they will deny the importance of communal integrity as being essential to being serene with personal integrity. If God is regarded as a supremely powerful addict in whose service his worshipers are to take care of frail addicts who cannot take care of themselves, then the worshipers are bound as addicts to imprisoned codependents. If God is regarded as the most perfect addict who is in control, all knowing, and all powerful; then God's servants are bound to be dutiful codependents willing to take care of addicts without regard for their own integrity. They will actively encourage addictive behavior and supportive codependent behavior. Addictive religious leaders are bound by their conceptions to portray God as being like they want to be, but as more powerful and perfect in keeping with their addictive ideals and technologies. The roots of the addictive society may be found nurtured by religious beliefs regarding the nature of human fulfillment and salvation. Those religious beliefs may overtly presume to be working to save people from the evils of addictive behavior, while at the same time blindly leading people into such addictive behavior. This is likely to be particularly true in a technocratic society which lacks people able to clarify honestly the ways in which techniques, ideals and values interact dynamically. The addict is constantly seeking to solve problems by use of one manipulative technique or another manipulative technique, techniques which are designed to help the addict gain control over the chaos and confusion which is so characteristic of addictive living. The effort of the addict is to find the way to manipulative success by knowing what buttons to push on machines and people. Different kinds of addicts operate at different levels of sophistication; some at very low sophistication, some at very high levels of sophistication. People who are not open and honest about their manipulative efforts, who pretend that their efforts are of greater value, meaning and power than they really are; such people are contributors to the addictive/technocratic society's games of mutual self deception. Technocrats are people who have learned to value, devise and use techniques, but have not learned to deal openly and honestly with issues of values and ideals related to human meaning and significance. To technocrats all issues are purely technical issues. They do not have the competence necessary to deal meaningfully with conflicts among values and ideals; much less to be helpful in resolving conflicts to the satisfaction of the participants in human expressions of the conflicts among ideals and values. Technocrats are addicted to techniques of all kinds: mechanical, electrical, chemical, nuclear, business, legal, moral, ethical, religious, medical, psychological, scholarly, spiritual, etc. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================