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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.} ========================================================== %DESCRIBE ADDICT POWER REPRESS CREATIVE LOVE EVIL+940310 %CHAOS MORAL DECAY LAW ORDER OBEY DISCRIMINATE SEX+940310 %LUNCH COUNTER LYNCH BLACK BUS SEAT SIT SMOKE LAW+940310 %SEGREGATION FANATICAL RELIGIOUS LEADER FUNDAMENTAL 940310 In an addictive society addicts are often accustomed to exercise power to regulate the behavior of poor people who are denied access to power. Addicts come to regard disparity in the exercise of power as normal, natural, good, and in keeping with their god's divine will. American white males often regard it as their right to regulate Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, Latin Americans, ethnic and religious minorities, women, and children. When addicts begin to loose their power to regulate those minorities whom they are accustomed to have the power to regulate---they become fearful and more abusive; saying that such behavior is essential to restoring their kind of law and order. They may descry the decay of morality, decency, and respect for their conformal rules and regulations. They fear the loss of respect for their patterns of coercive manipulations. They cannot believe that it is possible for a society to be healthy in the absence of conformal behavior and the rejection of non-conformists. They are terrified by the acceptance of creative non-conformists who are true to themselves and to others with personal integrity in communities of integrity---for such acceptance will undermine their addictive power to regulate those minorities whom they are accustomed to have the power to regulate. We need to develop ways to distinguish between addicts lamenting their loss of power to regulate minorities---on the one hand---and creative people of integrity describing disintegrative behavior patterns which are tragically misguided and motivated by destructive fears---on the other hand. So long as we and others cannot make that basic distinction, so long we will continue to be enslaved by the domination of dysfunctional addicts, corrupt politicians, fanatical religious leaders, segregationists, and dictators. "When Society Becomes An Addict" in a parallel way "Society Becomes A Codependent". Addiction and codependency are two sides of one coin which grows or diminishes paradoxically as an incoherent chaotic whole. Those aspects of addiction and codependency which are manifested in dysfunctional personal relationships---are echoed in societal, organizational, religious, educational and corporate lives which are dominated by powerful addicts and codependents. To recover we need to attend to the dysfunctionalities which are characteristic to each side of the addictive- codependent coin in both personal relationships and corporate relationships---within families, schools, churches, political arenas, businesses, corporations, organizations and nations. Anne Wilson Schaef has offered many relevant insights in her book "The Addictive Organization". (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================