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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.} ========================================================== %OBJECTIFICATION SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIPS CONTROL 900428 People who are compulsively objective in their approach to reality are likely to seek to extend their objective paradigm to spiritual relationships; i.e., they are likely to seek to deal with spiritual realities as if spiritual realities were realities which exist independent of personal participation in them, and which are to be apprehended by transcendent additional senses other than eyes, ears, nose, touch or taste. In this way such people seek to be faithful to their paradigm and to avoid getting honestly involved in reflexive relationships. Authentic spiritual relationships pertain to reflexive relationships which involve people honestly in dialogue and communication which is personal in character. Authentic spiritual relationships are not objective relationships and do not pertain to an extended class of objects called spirits. Spirits are not an additional class of out-there realities which are to be detected through an additional class of extra-sensory means. Rather the realm of spirituality pertains to reflexive personal relationships, attitudes, values, ideals, dialogue, communication, honesty, fulfillment, satisfaction, salvation, etc. The realm of spirituality is complementary to, not like, the realm of objectivity. In objective relationships there is a fundamental difference between the observer and the observed. In spiritual relationships there is no such fundamental difference between an observer and an observed; participation is balanced and mutual in reflexive ways. In spiritual relationships the participants do not manipulate or try to control the other as observers manipulate and try to control objects in objective relationships. In spiritual relationships there are participants in dialogue without fundamental distinctions made regarding power, authority, perfection, prestige, etc. Objective relationships do not provide healthy guidance to people who seek to discover significance and meaning in their lives. Significance and meaning are not objective realities which are out there to be discovered. They are not like objective realities; they are complementary to and quite different from objective realities and relationships, and cannot be discovered apart from reflexive participation which violates the taboos of compulsively objective people. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================