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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.} ========================================================== %RATIONAL SYSTEM DISCIPLINE CONTROL ADDICT GOOD 910422 Systematic people who are addicted to rationality often assume that control of human behavior should without question be vested in systematic, rational, prescriptive, ethical, moralistic, legalistic sets of injunctions and prohibitions setting out in detail how the good life should be lived; and how the evil life should be avoided. They worship such judgmental systems as having been invested with the knowledge of Good and Evil by God in the Garden of Eden in earliest days of the human race, conveniently forgetting the roles which humans have played in creating and using such systems for judgmental purposes which are alienative and disintegrative. They forget why Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden after they ate of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. People who assume that human emotions, affection, desires, thoughts and behaviors should be under the control of some system; assume that the only remaining questions have to do with the details of which injunctions and prohibitions should be woven together in such a system. They cannot imagine the possibility of living fully integrative lives in the absence of all such systems; much less can they imagine that such lives could be far more perfect in meaningful ways, than would any life which was successfully conformed to the best possible prescriptive/prohibitive system. The addictive/codependent mind cannot conceive the level o freedom from manipulation, coercion, violence and alienative judgmentalism which becomes possible for people who let go of the ideal of controlling human behavior through conformity to some prescriptive and/or prohibitive system. To them letting go of the ideal of control is to let go of the possibility of getting into heaven. They cannot conceive that their clutching to the ideal of control, keeps them in the hell in which they live with that ideal, so they remain desperate to get into the heaven which they falsely believe is characterized by perfect conformity to some perfectly prescriptive/prohibitive system for how to feel, think, desire and behave. Their idolatry keeps them in hell, where they worship the ideal of being in control. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================