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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.} ========================================================== %TRUE PROTECTION DEFENSE THREAT DISINTEGRATION WAR+931030 %ADDICTIVE VIOLENCE COERCE MANIPULATE TRUTH TERROR+931030 %FEAR ANXIETY PARANOIA PARALYSIS TERRORISM AVOID 931030 Often the paradigms, technologies and technocratic dispositions which dominate our attempts at defense and protection of what we value do more damage than could the reality behind the ostensible threat which is so greatly feared. Fear is rarely a good guide in situations where human conflict resolution is what is needed. Fear does not usually lead us to truly resolve our conflicts: more often fear leads us to be defensive in ways which alienate us from ourselves and from each other---and so leads us into the very disintegrative violence which we believe our defensiveness will help us to avoid. In human relationships what we need to fear includes: 1. Alienation and estrangement, 2. Ignorance and misunderstanding, 3. Collusive games of mutual self deception, 4. Addiction and codependent support of addiction, 5. Unfounded disintegrative assumptions, 6. Repressed unacknowledged emotions and passions, 7. Exclusivity and beliefs in personal superiority, 8. Seeing persons rather than relationships as evil, 9. Balancing violence rather than relationships, 10. Neglecting personal and communal integrity, 11. The disintegrative leadership of blind fear. Some kinds of fear can motivate us and lead us to engage in truly integrative behavior to truly protect our personal and communal integrities. Other kinds of fears lead us to dishonestly engage in technocratic schemes which are defensive in ways which undermine our personal and communal integrities. We need to recognize, name, describe and talk about the differences between such greatly contrasting kinds of fears; and the differences between the consequences to which they lead. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================