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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.} ========================================================== %CHANGE ULTIMATE CONCERN VALUE IDEAL GOOD EVIL 910615 It is difficult for a person or a community to find integrative ways to change from unhealthy ultimate concerns, values ideals and conceptions of God, good and evil; to healthy alternatives to them. Unhealthy attitudes, habits, assumptions, etc. confuse the issues which must be considered when consideration ultimate issues. When one has made what one has regarded as ultimate commitments to a set of beliefs, how can it be possible to come to the conclusion that those commitments were unhealthy! Yet, it should be possible to do so, in order to correct ultimately addictive commitments. Commitments to beliefs usually carry with them beliefs about the life experiences which may reasonably flow from living in terms of those beliefs. When our beliefs regarding the expected fruits of being committed to a set of ultimate beliefs are repeatedly frustrated through disappointments, conflicts, and disintegration; then we may reasonably come to question our original commitments and the beliefs which motivated them. Our commitment may be so fanatical and unreserved that it will blind us to the reasonable interpretations of our frustrations, disappointments, conflicts and disintegration. Fanatical people will often choose to die rather than change their beliefs. This is true of fanatical nationalists, religious fanatics, addicts, co-dependents, and others of similar dispositions. They fail to see that the only way to integrity involves fundamental changes in their own commitments, beliefs, attitudes, perceptions, etc. These considerations pertain to communities as well as to individual people, and involve more difficult situations in the instance of communities than in the instance of human individuals. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================