blog traffic analysis
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.} ========================================================== %SAVE SELF BEHAVIOR AVOID BELIEF SALVATION EVIL 930501 All too often through behaviors, teachings, and rituals we have been taught that it is up to us to save ourselves by how we work, behave, feel, believe, recite, avoid, reject, fix, or rescue. We are taught that we were born defective in original sin; but that through moral self perfection we can save ourselves, or through conformal beliefs/faith we can save ourselves, or through avoiding evil associations we can save ourselves. Dichotomous religious leaders have often taught that there is only one right and proper path to salvation, and that they hold the keys to that path. For a price they will let us enter upon their one and only true path to salvation. The price is usually to their advantage, and to our disadvantage. We must turn control over to somebody else. We must reduce our self-esteem; and others get our self-esteem. We must do violence to our unique selves and pretend to be other than we really are. We must give up our honesty and our personal integrity to conform properly. There is always a high price to be paid in seeking salvation upon the terms offered by dichotomous religious leaders. There once was a non-conformist teacher who taught that we should love others as we love ourselves; which means we cannot love others much, unless we love ourselves much. We cannot take care of others well, unless we take care of ourselves well. He taught that our salvation was not to be achieved by us: through what rules we obey, what taboos we respect, what creeds we recite, what size gifts we give, or through any of the other things which preoccupy many religious leaders. He offended many religious leaders and their political friends, and they conspired to get him crucified in an effort to control him in the manner of the control methods of addicts and codependents. In these latter days many religious leaders portray the non-conformist teacher as being the heart of the message of the religious and political leaders who conspired to crucify him. Such modern religious leaders do not focus upon telling the truth clearly with personal integrity; but rather upon conforming to prescriptions and prohibitions. Such modern religious leaders do not seek to elicit from people the truth about their own unique experiences; encouraging instead recitations of doctrinal formulas which they ask people to conform themselves to. Such religious leaders do not visit people in the prisons of their addictions to moral fixes, codes, laws, prohibitions, and taboos. They prescribe rules and regulations as the means to salvation to be fulfilled through what people do to achieve their own salvation. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================