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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.} ========================================================== %BLAME OTHER OBJECT DEVIL ADDICT DISEASE PROJECT 920720 In an addictive society we tend to project blame for imperfections, mistakes, faults, failures, and other embarrassments outward; for we do not know how to deal with reflexive realities which point to our need to change our being, attitudes, thoughts, perceptions, values and ideals. To avoid change in ourselves we project blame outward. The fault lies elsewhere. When we experience what we recognize as evil, we seek to project the blame for evil outward. The cause of evil must lie elsewhere. Evil is caused by evil people who are to blame for the evil which is in the world. Our only problem is to recognize and deal with evil people in a way which is appropriate to evil people. We seek to understand and deal with evil people as a class of people who are led by the most evil of all beings, the devil. We become confused and distressed when our logic turns upon us and we conclude that we also are evil people! To rid the world of evil people we seek to destroy evil people with physical, psychological, economic, and spiritual violence. We call upon our god to join us in working to rid the world of evil people. We see our god as the supreme commander in our holy war to cleanse the universe of evil. But how are we to deal with our conclusion that we are ourselves evil people? We are confused. We think that evil resides within individual people. The nature of evil resides within human relationships, not within individual people. It is not people as individuals who are evil; it is the relationships between people which are evil when the relationships become relationships of ignorance, misunderstanding, alienation, and estrangement. In our ignorance and confusion we seek to control evil people through manipulations, violence, rejection, banishment, excommunication, shunning and in other ways which increase our alienation. In our efforts to control evil people we engender relationships which are evil; and which heighten our perception of evil within other people as individuals. Our paradigm of the nature of evil is confused because of our collusive games of mutual self deception. We do not permit ourselves to know the truth about ourselves, each other, and about our broken relationships. We try to control ourselves, each other, and our broken relationships; and so accentuate the aspects of our relationships which are the essence of evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================