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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.} ========================================================== %EXCLUSIVE TRUTH PARADIGM COMPLEMENT INSIGHT 931009 Some people are trapped in paradigms according to which they can be comfortable only with truths which are defined and controlled by the entrapping paradigm? Truths which originate outside of their entrapping paradigms are a threat to their collusive paradigm and are therefore rejected as not-true, evil, alien, enemy, un-important, etc. Religious leaders of the fundamentalist kind are often trapped in a paradigm which prevents them from recognizing and acknowledging truths which are complementary to the truths which dominate their own lives. They feel insecure and so are defensive in the presence of truths over which they feel they cannot maintain control. Their insecurity and defensive stance may lead them to use coercive, manipulative and violent means in their efforts to be in control of their followers and the context within which they find themselves. People who are trapped in an exclusive paradigm are alienated from those people who are not trapped in their exclusive paradigm, and so they are alienated from people who are not trapped in any exclusive paradigm as well as alienated from people trapped in competing exclusive paradigms. They are confronted by a dilemma which generates for them a tragic double bind out of which they cannot extricate themselves. They need to find a way to transcend their exclusive paradigm and recognize that there are people of integrity who are worthy of trust who are not trapped within their own exclusive paradigm. Such trustworthy people are often ready to be of help when honest help is honestly asked for. For honest help to be honestly asked for a person needs to transcend the thought restrictions of whatever collusive and exclusive paradigm may be their prison. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================