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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.} ========================================================== %OBJECTIVE PERSONAL RELATION COOPERATE CONFLICT+921226 %DISHONEST BELIEF TESTIMONY WITNESS CONFORM TALK+921226 %REQUIRE ELIMINATE SUFFER PAIN HURT TRAGEDY SORROW 921227 If we feel that we are required to work to eliminate all suffering, pain, hurt, sorrow, tragedy of which we become aware; then we are trapped in a dilemma. One way to minimize our dilemma is to avoid becoming aware of situations which will require that we take action. Or we may repress our awareness, and pretend that we did not become aware. In either case we lose touch with reality. Another way to minimize our dilemma is to believe that there is nothing significant that we can do, because we have too little power to make any difference. Through feigned impotence we may excuse ourself from being required to act. Yet another way to minimize our dilemma is to procrastinate; we will do something later---at a future date which is not planned and not envisioned. We excuse ourselves with feigned good intentions. We may not avoid awareness but punish ourselves for being so impotent by passing judgment upon ourselves for doing nothing. We may seek to justify ourselves by how harshly we condemn ourselves; as self-righteous people seek to justify themselves by how harshly they judge people whom they perceive to be more evil. In this case we disintegrate through our self rejection and self alienation; just as self-righteous people alienate themselves from those whom they presume to be evil people; including themselves. To maintain personal and communal integrity we need to know how to wisely respond to instances of suffering, pain, hurt, sorrow, tragedy. We will do well to seek out and learn from wise role models who have developed wise ways to respond. See the previous essay. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================