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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.} ========================================================== %GOOD EVIL UNDERMINE PERSONAL COMMUNAL INTEGRITY 910514 Evil has to do with alienation which involves the absence of the freedom to be open and honest in secure contexts. Evil has to do with the undermining of honesty and the encouragement of dishonesty. Evil processes undermine personal and communal integrity, by encouraging dishonesty and discouraging honesty. People who do not know how to deal helpfully and creatively with their own and other people's imperfections, end up becoming alienated from themselves and from others. People who cannot openly and honestly articulate the imperfections of their conceptions of what is essential to living with personal and communal integrity, are bound to become imprisoned by their inability to cope with the imperfect ways in which they seek to fulfill their goals, ideals, and values. If they cannot openly and honestly talk about the issues pertaining to dealing with their own imperfections, and the imperfections in their systems of values, ideals and grounds for making judgements; then they are likely to experience personal rejections due to misguided judgements made within the context of a misleading system of values. They cannot be prayerfully reflexive in seeking personal and communal integrity. Evil systems of ideals and values lead people who are the incarnation of such systems, into alienative personal rejections as ways of affirming the systems of ideals and values. Such systems undermine the personal and communal integrity of the people who are the incarnations of the systems. The consequences of such systems are highly reflexive, even if the system is focused upon objectivity, as is the case with scientists. Evil systems of ideals and values fail to encourage their incarnations to value openness and honesty as essential to personal and communal integrity; and so the evil systems of ideals and values encourage their incarnations to sacrifice personal and communal integrity as being expendable, when they get in the way of achieving some highly valued goal; e.g. winning a war with objective weapons of mass destruction the use of which will reflect back upon the users. Evil systems of ideals and values lead their incarnations to treat dishonesty an an acceptable tool in manipulative relationships and technologies which are part of the process of achieving chosen goals; e.g., gaining control of the impressions which other people have of the manipulator. Impression control thorough deceptive presentations of self to others is regarded as an acceptable technical procedure; even though it leads to the alienation of self from others and from self, and so to the loss personal and communal integrity as in extended international conflicts which are not resolved through cooperative reflexive dialogue. Evil systems of ideals and values are not evil accidentally; they are evil because they do not embody an ultimate concern for personal and communal integrity. They are evil because of what they lack, not because of what they include. We cannot understand the essence of the evil systems of ideals and values by considering all that they include and being critical of what is included in them. We can understand the essence of the evil of evil systems of ideals and values, only by finding ways to point to what is lacking; but to do so we must violate the collusive games of mutual self deception of the addicts and codependents who dominate in the functioning of such systems. Such dominant people are participant victims who are the incarnation of their incomplete systems of ideals and values. They victimize themselves and others by failing to demonstrate adequate concern for personal and communal integrity which cannot survive in the absence of freedoms of speech, press, assembly, petition, religion, and thought which enable people to openly and honestly express themselves within secure contexts where they can safely be vulnerable as themselves; rather than trying to deceive other people to be conformally acceptable. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================