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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.} ========================================================== %FIRST COMMANDMENT LOVE GOD COLLUSION ADDICT 920118 The first of the Ten Commandments enjoins us to love only God and to love no other creation of man. Why? Anyone who is in the service of a collusion, addiction or codependence is clearly loving something other than God. Thus the First Commandment is a warning against the hazards of becoming a servant of a collusion, addiction or codependence; each of which entails dishonesty, alienation and violence in the broad sense. The First Commandment is a call to be honest about the fact that we cannot be whole with personal and communal integrity if we are in the service of ideals, values and goals which do not transcend us, our creations and our technologies. The creations which we may serve in idolatrous ways include our exclusive systems of ideals, values, goals and technologies; systems which we set up as having the power to substitute for the God who is Love. Serving such substitutes as if they could substitute for God who is Love is to violate the First Commandment. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================