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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.} ========================================================== %IMPERFECT PEOPLE SYSTEMS VALUES IDEALS ADDICT 910514 Imperfect people are prone to believe that their failures and imperfections are only their own, and not due to the imperfections in the foundations of their systems of ideals and values. They are unlikely to examine the foundations of their systems of ideals and values; the most fundamental assumptions, attitudes, perceptions upon which their sense of acceptability, propriety, respectability, etc. is based. Those foundations are part of their cultural heritage and they are unlikely to be aware of the existence of the foundations; they cannot be seen. Imperfect people are likely to have low self esteem and to seek ways to bolster their own self esteem. They are likely to seek grounds in terms of which to think favorably of themselves; because of accomplishments, achievements, being better than others, etc. They seek to affirm a system of ideals and values in terms of which they will appear good to themselves and to others, perhaps appearing better to themselves and others, than others appear. Thus the game becomes a competitive game of appearances; with some set of rules in terms of which the game is to be played. Imperfect people who have low self esteem are unlikely to be open and honest about their imperfections within a competitive environment, for each wants to look better than the other. Thus openness and honesty are not naturally valued, encouraged, or taken for granted. They are not likely to develop and affirm a system of values which would lead people to see through their dishonest pretenses and deceptive maneuvers. Their systems of values are thus likely to lack any focus upon openness and honesty as being essential to personal and communal integrity; and it is this lack which leads their systems of values to be evil systems of values in which dishonesty is taken for granted, and efforts are made to control dishonesty through manipulative rules and regulations, as in the case of manipulative legalists. See preceding and following essays for related thoughts. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================