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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.} ========================================================== %MANIPULATIVE KNOWLEDGE ALIENATION EVIL IGNORANCE 940524 Manipulation plays an essential role in achieving manipulative knowledge---and in generating the alienations which stand in the way of enjoying true intimate personal knowledge. We gain objective knowledge by manipulating objects and observing, measuring and computing their consequential trajectories through space-time. We say we understand objects when we can compute and predict how they will behave for a short time as a consequence of how they have been manipulated. We seem to gain short term objective knowledge through deliberate separation (through distance, time, attitudes, assumptions, beliefs, approaches, alienations, etc.)---and through such deliberate separations we let go of and/or fail to apprehend and enjoy knowledge within I- Thou relationships which are subjective, personal, intimate, reflexive, spiritual, and sexual. We often fail to recognize or admit the extent to which our "successful" ways of seeking to achieve manipulative knowledge are ill-suited to the apprehension and enjoyment of intimate personal knowledge. Not even our costly patterns of personal and communal illnesses and disintegrations make much of an impression upon us. We do not recognize or admit that our illnesses might be pointing to how ill-suited our manipulative ways of "knowing" are to the apprehension and enjoyment of intimate personal and communal knowledge and integrity. Many scientists have moved so far out of touch with the nature of intimate personal knowledge---that they seek to know the nature of God and of His Lawful and Successful Management of the sequences of events in time and space--- through violent human manipulations of objects and human quantitative perceptions of them. Manipulative technocrats, religious leaders and scientists have provided us with many clever tools of violent manipulation which we have been taught to regard as the means to our salvation. In our addictions we fixate upon such manipulative tools and find it unthinkable that in restful stillness and gentleness we might come to truly know ourselves, each other and God in secure intimacy and vulnerability. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================