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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.} ========================================================== %ESSENTIAL ROLE HEALTHY SEXUALITY LIVES INTEGRITY 900308 Affirmations of the essential roles which healthy expressions of sexuality play in integrative lives, are bound to encounter collusive attempts to deny the truths which healthy expressions of sexuality are bound to reveal. To survive, each collusion must deny all truths which may reveal the lack of integrity in the pseudo-truths of collusions. It is the ultimate duty of those persons who are imprisoned in the service of each collusion to make ultimate sacrifices in their attempts to prevent the revelation of truths which would destroy the collusion. Such ultimate sacrifices include behaviors which induce and perpetuate extreme forms of alienation, estrangement, misunderstanding, confusion, and attempts to be in control of all such distresses. Such behaviors deny the essential dilemmas, paradoxes, mysteries, joys, and integrities of healthy living; because they all threaten each collusion which depends in essential ways upon misleading and dishonest behavior to survive. Healthy sexual living involves in essential ways many dilemmas, paradoxes, mysteries, joys and integrative activities; and so threaten each collusion which depends in essential ways upon misleading and dishonest behavior patterns to survive. The dilemma of sexually healthy people is to find ways to confront the dishonesty of people who are imprisoned in collusive patterns of living, without thereby making it more difficult for them to move towards personal and communal integrity. Coercive, manipulative, and violent confrontations will not resolve the conflict between healthy sexuality and collusive denials of the essential roles which healthy sexuality plays in the lives of individuals and communities which enjoy healthy sexual relationships. These considerations play central roles in all healthy efforts to deal in integrative ways with the dilemmas of: real love, sexual education, birth control, contraception, sin, death control, sex control, life control, prostitution, abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual discrimination of all forms, sexual addiction and codependence, human limitations, divisive collusions and dichotomies, addictive personalities, militarism, dictatorships, arms races, political corruption, technocracies, military/industrial complexes, etc. Collusive efforts to confuse the intimate ways in which these are all inter-related are profoundly disintegrative in their consequences. No collusion could survive in the face of clear understandings of how these inter-relate; so all collusions work to maintain the confusion. None of these dilemmas are objective in character and none of them can be controlled by objective considerations and procedures. The scientific paradigm does not offer a comprehensive way of solving the problems associated with these dilemmas. The problems cannot be solved in any significant way in the absence of wisely coping with the dilemmas. The essence of wisely coping with the dilemmas is not to be found in the techniques, technologies, or technicians who are dedicated to solving the problems associated with the dilemmas; nor in any research efforts which might lead to the conception of such techniques, technologies and technicians. The essence of wisely coping with the dilemmas may be found in a profound dedication to be open and honest in intimate relationships which are bound to have sexual overtones. Honesty which always avoids sexual overtones is the pseudo-honesty of collusive, addictive and codependent processes. The dilemmas come full circle in essentially reflexive ways, because they all entail essentially reflexive relationships which cannot be understood or controlled in essentially objective ways. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================