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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.} ========================================================== %TIME PARADIGM SHIFT VIEW SELF OTHER DEVIL SPIRIT+940419 %HOLY PRESENCE MYSTERY SACRED GOD LOVE INTEGRITY 940419 When it comes time to make a paradigm shift how may we best view our situation: 1. That we are all expressions of one cosmic whole in the process of further integration? 2. That we are essentially separated objects engaged in essentially objective interactions in the absence of any essentially spiritual cosmic whole? 3. That we are essentially evil creatures being tempted by the ultimate power of evil who is dedicated to the disintegration of us and the cosmic whole? 4. That we need to let go of our compulsions and yield to the leadings of either the spirit of the cosmic integrative whole, or of disintegrative paradigms--- without certain knowledge of which is which. 5. That we are such imperfect creatures that we need the firm guidance of a transcendent system of laws, rules, regulations, taboos, prohibitions, prescriptions, and proscriptions---with associated alienative judgments; in order to do what is proper and right? 6. That the best we can do, is to do what we want to do, whenever we want to do it? 7. That the best we can do is to seek to understand, predict and control our environment and each other to our own advantage? 8. That the best we can do is to join a group of people who are certain: that they are right, that other people are wrong; and that the ultimate power of the universe is on one side and out to destroy the people who are different from them? 9. That we must be careful not to be reflexive in prayer and reflection upon our situation, nor talk with others about our reflections; because that would not be an objective and respectable thing to do---and if we were to do it we would be rejected by our closest professional associates who are dedicated to the scientific paradigm. 10. That the best we can do is to obey our superiors who seem to know what the score is, and where they fit into their grand scheme---whereby power is manipulated properly and in keeping with some grand scheme which we are too ignorant and confused to understand. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================