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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.} ========================================================== %OPPOSE CONFRONT PREVENT BATTLE OVERCOME CONTROL+931021 %ALIEN ESTRANGE EVIL RESENT REVENGE REJECT GOOD 931021 Some people seek to oppose, confront, prevent, battle, overcome and/or control evil---because of their conception of the nature of evil as a formidable presence, force, power, spirit or incarnation within our selves, spirits, souls, bodies, and/or groups and communities. We will do well to note the amount of alienation, estrangement, resentment, revenge and rejection which has historically been occasioned by people who seek to oppose, confront, prevent, battle, overcome and/or control evil. We shall know them by their fruits if we wish to, not by their intentions. Many people are tragically mislead by faulty conceptions of the nature of evil, disintegrative conflicts, sickness, disease, addictions, codependent support, collusions and other manners of dysfunctional human desires, attitudes, thoughts, intentions and behaviors. Sincerity is not enough. Strong convictions and dedications are not enough. Strong support by like- minded believers with a unanimous consensus is not enough, even when the support comes from the majority of the members of a community. So long as we are mislead by our misleading conceptions of the origins of all the sources of our distress, pain, anxiety, hurt, harm, fear, agony, etc. --- so long will we be unable to learn how to deal wisely with all those sources. We need to examine carefully our conceptions to see if we can discern which of our most cherished conceptions may themselves be the causes which we need to transcend and recognize as being misleading to us. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================