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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.} ========================================================== %ACCEPTABLE PRETENSE PERFECTION LIMITED CONSIDER 900206 We create dilemmas when we lead each other into pretending to be other than human; by being unwilling to accept fundamentally human characteristics of others: limitations, imperfections, weaknesses, passions, emotions, ignorance, incompetence, doubt, fatigue, diversity, individuality, etc. When we fail to accept such fundamentally human characteristics in authentic dialogue, we lead each other into pretending to be other than we are; we lead each other into non-authentic, dishonest, disintegrative behavior. We become participants in collusions, addictions and codependent support networks. Our salvation does not reside in technical considerations which involve manipulations and coercions on the way to achievements which are essential to personal salvation. Such a way does violence to self, others and the truth in efforts to achieve acceptability. Being considerate is not being technical, but rather consists of being in authentic dialogue with authentic humans who are being themselves; not acting as if they were other than human. When we refuse to be ourselves in authentic dialogue with real humans we end up seeking for approval, permission, affirmation, acceptance, selection, etc., from humans, who are not real, not authentic, and not honest. We end up being actors on the stage of a dramatic farce which is tragic in its futility; and we do not even know that we have chosen to be dishonest actors, rather than ourselves. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================