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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.} ========================================================== %AUTHOR ESSAY WRITING STYLE CONTENT PARADIGM 940109 The essays in the Essay System are written in a style which no doubt contains echoes of the authors whose writings they echo. Thematically the book "Human Destiny" offered a very early source of inspiration as did John Stuart Mill's book "On Logic". R. D. Laing's many writings provided a source of inspiration, especially the books "Knots" and "Self and Other". Martin Buber's book "I and Thou" offered an important source of stylistic inspiration. As to both style and content the many writings of Paul Tillich offered a great deal of guidance, particularly his sermon "Accept Acceptance" in "The Shaking of the Foundations" along with his other sermons in that volume and "The New Being". Most of his early writings in English were read, including volume one of "Systematic Theology." The writings of early leaders in the movement which has focused much light upon the phenomena of addiction and codependence have been very influential, but especially the writings of Anne Wilson Schaef and Robert Subby. Professional training for A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees in physics provided complementary styles of thinking and writing which focus upon descriptions which are clear, unambiguous, explicit and systematically organized in keeping with the ontology of that which is being described. Such training has greatly influenced both the style and content of the essays in the Essays System. Professional work on the Ph.D. degree entailed a few thousand hours of computer programming which opened up the possibilities of writing the computer programs which are an integral part of the Essays System, and undergirded the systematic approach to describing relationships among people and objects. A high level involvement in the Democratic Party at the county, congressional district, state and national levels provided many opportunities to watch many people in the processes of creating, exercising and transforming political power---for both good and ill. Those experiences have contributed in many indescribable ways to the foundations for the writing of essays. Involvement in the lives of Presbyterian, Methodist and Congregational churches have offered many opportunities to observe the blessing and curses of institutionalized religion and believers. Those experiences have also contributed in many indescribable ways to the foundations for the writing of essays. Service during about a dozen years as the Iowa Representative to the National Council of the American Association of Physics Teachers offered another set of opportunities to watch professionals who were both trained in the objective paradigm of scientists and trying to deal with the dilemmas of close human relationships which are the essence of education. Their efforts to resolve the dilemmas of education in technical ways were very revealing. In addition to the influence of the writings of many people there have been opportunities to meet and visit with writers and other other notable leaders with impacts which have often been out of promotion to the amount of time involved in the meetings. Those people who have influenced me in major ways thorough such personal meetings include in roughly chronological order: Edward U. Condon, Arthur Holly Compton, Bernard Feld, Paul Tillich, Frank Laubach, Dick Clark, John Culver, Harold Hughes, many Democratic candidates for President of the United States, and Robert Subby. Candid dialogue with many different students have contributed greatly to the development of many insights which are articulated in the essays. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================