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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.} ========================================================== %FEEL SURE KNOW LACK DEDICATE WORK COMMIT RESOURCE+930520 %WAY PROCESS DISCOVER TRUTH FALSE DICHOTOMY SPLIT+930520 %QUESTION ASSUMPTION ISSUE CONFLICT AGREE CONSENSUS 930522 In what way may we with personal and communal integrity: discover, clarify, describe, and talk about the essentially false realities of our lives and communities which entail collusions, addictions, codependencies and their similar kinds of realities? What can we trust? Whom can we trust? In what way of living life can we trust? It is futile to be totally distrustful; i.e., to trust in total cynicism. It is more integrative to search for integrity and honesty; even if they are obscured, hidden, repressed, and mis-represented much of the time. It is more healthy to seek to be ourselves, whole and healthy; even if that entails much ambiguity, uncertainty and confusion. Not every person in every situation is dishonest and essentially false; but many persons in many situations are essentially dishonest and false. The challenge is to recognize the differences between different situations and persons. When society has become systemically collusive, addictive and codependent---we are then at great risk if we are unwilling to take the risk of perceiving examples of essentially false: DICHOTOMIES SPLITS QUESTIONS ASSUMPTIONS ISSUES CONFLICTS MOTIONS LOYALTIES AGREEMENTS CONSENSUSES SUCCESSES CONTROLS WINNING REPRESSION SUPPRESSION COMMITMENTS RESPECTABILITY CONFORMITY SALVATION REDEMPTION COMMUNITIES PERCEPTIONS FELLOWSHIPS EXPERIENCES ACCEPTANCES CONCEPTS RESPECT WAYS AFFIRMATIONS PROCESSES REVELATIONS CONFESSIONS LEADERSHIP RESOLUTIONS LANGUAGE PROCESSES Such realities may on occasion be essentially false and unworthy of respect and support---when they are dominated by dishonesty, deception, mis-representations, collusions, addictions, and codependent support thereof. We are at great risk if we pretend that this is not possible; and so are profoundly vulnerable to such dishonesty, deceptions, mis-representations, collusions, addictions and codependent support thereof. By taking note of their fruits we may gain insights into their natures; especially when patterns of fruit-bearing are persistent. We are fools if we treat a vine which bears sour grapes as if it were a tree which will bear sweet peaches some day soon. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================