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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.} ========================================================== %OBJECTIVE BODY REFLEXIVE EXPERIENCE EVIL PARADIGM 910104 Personal and communal integrity depend upon how well members of the community manage to integrate their ways of viewing their bodies as objects which can be manipulated as can impersonal objects, while at the same time viewing themselves and others reflexively in ways which are not objective. There is no denying that people have bodies which can be treated as impersonal objects in very objective ways. There is no denying that when people are treated as impersonal objects in very objective ways, they respond to such treatment as violence, in that it violates their personal integrity. If they do not regard such treatment as violence, they are in many ways dead. When people relate to each other as persons with integrity there are both reflexive and objective aspects of their relationships. Integrative personal relationships are not dominated by either objective or reflexive considerations; but rather are characterized by an integrative interaction between both objective and reflexive consideration. How people feel towards each other depends upon the manner in which they touch each other: with physical violence, gentle affection, sexual rape, gentle sexual affection, intellectually, spiritually, in professional massage, etc. Whether touching is integrative or disintegrative depends upon whether those involved have well integrated lives as regards the objective and reflexive aspects of being fully human. It is futile to try to maintain a view that either objective or reflexive considerations are the most important; and that the other of the two is of lesser importance. Personal and communal integrity depend upon the integration of both objective and reflexive considerations. Any preoccupations, ideals, values or goals which tend to undermine such integration leads to alienation and to much that is usually regarded as evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================