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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.} ========================================================== %COSMIC UNIVERSAl INSECURE DISHONEST ADDICTIONS 900427 Often people who are at heart insecure seek to bolster their self esteem with cosmic or universal pretentions of grandeur wherein they regard themselves as better than others who lack some cosmic/universal knowledge, calling, selection, etc. which somehow sets them apart in some exclusive way. Insecurity is a matter of the heart, not a matter of objective reality or of intellectual understanding. Insecurity is an affective reality; rooted in human alienation, and leading to further human alienation. Insecure people are defensive and often seek security in defensive manipulations which compound their alienation. They seek security in reflexive perceptions of their own superiority; based upon scientific, religious, literary, artistic, or some other kind of knowledge, skill, appreciation, or calling. It is comforting to believe that one is in resonance with the cosmic being; perhaps more in resonance with the cosmic being than lesser people are. The hazard lies in people who have such beliefs and who are misled into treating others in alienative ways which lead to personal and communal disintegration. Some people seek comfort in their conceptions of an alliance on their part with the more powerful of two cosmic gods, who are engaged in a transcendent battle which mirrors human conflicts between GOOD and EVIL. It is foolish to seek comfort in a conception of the universe in which the universe is not coherent, lacks integrity, is engaged in a fundamental conflict between alienated parts of the cosmos. If there is such a fundamental conflict on a cosmic scale which so exceeds the human scale of time and space, then what hope can there be for mere mortals? What wisdom or comfort can any reasonable person hope to find in such a conception of the universe. Of what is such a conception born? In what kinds of human relationships is it born? The people who conceive and give birth to such a conception tend to be insecure people who are playing collusive games of mutual self deception in the manner of addicts and their codependent supporters. Through their pretensions they seek to compensate for their low self esteem. They are often alienated from the vast majority of less select, less expert, less specialized humans whom they view with disdain. Those who have not achieved cosmic knowledge, skills and appreciation are viewed as inferior and as not worthy of attention. Dialogue with them is not valued because it is not an effective means to feeling superior in compensation for feelings of inferiority which are rooted in alienation and impoverished affective human relationships. It is hard to understand how God who is the source of the coherence and integrity of the universe would look with favor upon people who because of their sense of their relationship with God are alienated from the vast majority of other humans. There is something fundamentally incoherent in such people's conceptions of their exclusive relationship with God, transcendent power, or whatever name they may use to point to that which far transcends their understanding, power and ability to control. Are exclusive, pretentious people likely to be people of integrity? It seems reasonable to believe that people who are less pretentious and participating in authentic dialogue with less pretentious people are more likely to be people of integrity in communities where honesty is respected, encouraged and viewed as essential to meaningful living. It is dangerous to be impressed by and to respect pretentious people who lack integrity; for if we do, we will most likely become alienated as they are, and become victims of their kinds of dis-eases in estranged relationships. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================