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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.} ========================================================== %FORMS IDOLATRY DISINTEGRATE DISHONEST DIALOGUE 930208 There are many forms of idolatry and many of the forms of idolatry are highly respected. Many respected religious leaders are idolaters who in the service of their idols willfully engage in practices which generate excommunications, dis-fellowships, rejections, alienations, banishments, misunderstandings, ill-will, resentments, and broad scale personal and communal disintegration. Often scriptures, doctrines, rituals, polities, and organizations become idols to which are made costly sacrifices of: honesty, candor, openness, dialogue, conversations, communities, fellowships, understanding, good-will, intimacy, integrity, health, tranquility, and peace. Such sacrifices are not helpful fixes; yet people who are addicted to idols repeatedly make the mistake of making costly sacrifices of their most essential treasures to their impotent idols. They do not learn from their tragic experiences how futile are such sacrifices. They neglect the lessons of past tragedies, and repeat past mistakes over and over until they kill themselves and others in their futility. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================