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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.} ========================================================== %EMOTION FEEL SHOULD OUGHT DUTY MUST REQUIRE EXPECT+921101 %DEMAND FORBID MORAL EVIL SIN CONTROL 921101 There is danger present when we make use of words such as: should, ought, duty, must, require, expect, demand, forbid, moral, evil, sin, control IN ASSOCIATION WITH words such as emotion and feeling. The danger is present even when we do not make overt use of the words in such combinations, but our thought patterns involve the tacit connection of what the words point to. Feelings and emotions need to be dealt with openly and honestly; not in terms of technologies of control and manipulation. If we seek to deal with feeling and emotions in terms of technologies of control and manipulation, the result is the playing of collusive games of mutual self deception; placing emphasis upon appearances rather than upon true realities. Then there is a real danger that people will get out of touch with their own and each other's emotions and feelings; and not be well informed or led to make wise decisions, and not be well motivated to act in healthy ways. If we engage in games of mutual self deception regarding the possibility of controlling our feelings and emotions; then at a fundamental level we are ready to play games of mutual self deception about other matters which are not so essentially our own---or as central to our being true to ourselves and to each other. It is a major step toward personal and communal disintegration to be willing to engage in games of mutual self deception about our own feelings and emotions. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================