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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.} ========================================================== %COPING ADDICTION SCOPE COMMUNAL EFFORT GOOD PEOPLE 910626 The task of coping with addiction is a task for the whole community as a whole, not just a task for overt addicts who are recognized as addicts by the good people of the community. The overtly recognized addicts are symptoms of the addictions of the whole community; i.e., the overt manifestations of the covert addictions of the good people who recognize only the overt addicts of the community, but not their own addictions. There is a tendency on the part of the good people of a community to think and behave as if it is the talks of the overtly recognizable addicts to cope with their addictions; i.e., that they the good people of the personal community not bear any responsibility for the manifestations of their own "good" addictions. The good people of the community think that the addictions belong to the overtly recognized addicts; but not, in any way, to themselves. It is important for the good people of a community to understand that even though it is not obvious to them, they embody features of addiction which are manifested in the behavior of the obviously recognized addicts. Part of the addictive process is to conceal the ways in which the good people of the community participate in the creating of the context for the overtly addictive processes. One of the dishonesties of the addictive process is the process of the good people of a community believing and acting as if they were not contributors to the addictive process; i.e., without sin. Participants in such dishonesties accept the propriety of a classification system according to which there are successful good people who are acceptable people; and unsuccessful people who are bad, evil. lazy, foolish, rejectable, excommunicable and/or otherwise unacceptable into respectable dialogue. The acceptance of and respect for that classification systems is the foundation for addictions. It is the apparently "good" people of a community who set the stage on which addicts act out their overt dramas of addiction and codependence. The stage is set by what values and ideals are held up as being worthy of ultimate respect; by the system of values and ideals which are taken for granted by good people, and how the values and ideals are affirmed. The stage is set for addiction and codependence when personal and communal integrity are not valued highly; and there are expectations of conformity with threats of rejection, excommunication, dis-fellowshipping, shunning, and alienation directed towards non- conformists. Addicts and codependents are characters who act out in extreme gestures the implications of the system of values with which the good people of a community set the stage for the communal drama. Addicts and codependents become imprisoned in disintegrative understandings of the verbal statements of ideals and values which are the set of the communal stage. To recover from addiction and codependence the community a a whole needs to reset the stage with ideals and values which focus upon true personal and communal integrity, and which facilitate open and honest communal discussions of all kinds of imperfections and mistakes. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================