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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.} ========================================================== %TRANSCEND HUMAN LIMITS ARROGANCE HUMILITY SPIRIT 891029 Often humans become frustrated with their human characteristics which are viewed as limitations upon their ability to fulfill their visions. In their frustrations they often pretend that they can transcend their human characteristics, and view their presumed ability to transcend their human characteristics as a sign that they as individuals are in a significant sense super---human, better than other humans who do not have the power to transcend limiting human characteristics. In their visions and presumed powers they transcend other humans and presume to look down upon other humans from superior perspectives. They disintegrate in their arrogance, and bring disintegration to their communities; if their humanity is not affirmed in integrative ways through the power of Love, through which humans can transcend the temptation to play collusive games of mutual self deception. Humans are born, live and die. Humans have limited time spans. Often humans pretend that they are eternal, and in the confusion thus generated they are unable to cope joyfully with the real dilemmas and opportunities of life. Such pretense leads to joyless games of mutual self deception which fail to fulfill desirable visions. Humans are sexual creatures who need to be affirmed as sexual creatures seeking meaningful intimate relationships which are open, honest and mutually respectful. Often humans pretend that they are not sexual creatures and that they can transcend their need for mutually fulfilling sexual relationships---seeking to do so through repression of sexuality, manipulative control of sexuality and legalistic regulation of sexuality. Such pretense leads to the disintegration of sexual integrity. With physical bodies humans are part of the physical universe within which they exist and are conscious of each other through physical interactions and physical sensations. Often humans pretend that they can objectively detach themselves from the physical universe of which they are a part, and regard it objectively as if they were not part of the interacting web of physical reality and life. In such pretentious objectivity scientists cease to shed light on the world through their reflexive relationships with the world and each other. There are scientists who demonstrate a superficial show of knowledge, because they do not know themselves honestly and communally within their objective contexts; they are not knowledgeably reflexive. In their confusion and arrogance they create many crises, conflicts and dilemmas which they cannot resolve. As spiritual beings humans often pretend that they transcend the physical realm, are pure spiritual beings who are disconnected from physical reality, and are able to know all without regard for the limitations of existing within space and time within physical bodies. In their pretentious visions such beings cease to be authentic, and instead play visionary games of mutual self deception in which they cannot relate openly and honestly to each other with meaningful joy. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================