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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.} ========================================================== %FIX SALVATION RESCUE REDEMPTION SAVE ACCEPT LOVE 910218 Most people at a deep level feel that they have a profound un-met need, often expressed as hunger. Some try to meet it by eating food. Others try to meet it through sexual activity. Many try to meet it by the acquisition and control of possessions. Romantics seek to meet it in romantic settings through romantic rituals with other romantics. Addicts seek to meet it through the acquisition of fixes. Codependents seek to quiet the need through unhealthy sacrifice and service. The un-met need is the need for honest authentic love and acceptance, given and received in the absence of manipulative conditions. The need cannot be met dishonestly through technical procedures, compulsive activity, acquisition, control, achievements, sex, romance, meritorious service, etc. The need can truly be met only by honest gifts of love and honest acceptance of such gifts in the absence of manipulative conditions. Some people believe and act as if their deep need can be filled by getting something which somebody else has control over through ownership. For drug addicts the search is for chemical fixes. For sex addicts the search is for a sexual fix. For romance addicts the search is for a romantic fix. For technocrats the search is for a technological fix. For the religious addict the search is for a salvation fix through works, faith, rituals, service, etc. Some people take advantage of being in control of fixes; others are taken advantage of. In all such relationships honesty is lost and love is unknown. It is assumed that needs can be met through the achievement of merit, and/or the exercise of control through power and/or authority. God is Love and is not manipulated in dishonest ways with power or authority. Love meets the deep needs in the ways which only Love can meet them. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================