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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.} ========================================================== %ASSESS EVALUATE RELIGIOUS LEADER TEACH ASSERT TELL+940525 %PROPHET TRUTH DESCRIBE COMMAND CONTROL ADDICT EVIL 940525 It is difficult to asses the truth-and-integrity of the teachings-and-commandments of religious-leaders-and- prophets; for the truth-and-integrity of their teachings- and-commandments depend as much upon how they are received-and-responded-to, as the truth-and-integrity of their teachings depend upon how their teachings-and- commandments are formulated and delivered. Truth-and-integrity depend up reception and wise response, as well as upon inherent aspects apart from reception-and-wise-response. Teachings-and-commandments can be received-and-responded-to in ways which are contradictory to what was intended by the original teaching leader. Thus the truth-and-integrity of teachings-and-commandments are wrapped up in how they are received-and-responded-to, and cannot truthfully be assessed apart from how they are received-and-responded- to. Reflexive teachings-and-commandments cannot be assessed honestly and meaningfully----while the assessors are pretending that the teaching-and-commandments are objective realities from which the assessors can back away and analyze; as if the assessors has no personal interest in the outcome of their assessments. In the above the word "they" and "their" are sometimes ambiguous and consideration needs to be given to the truth-and-integrity of the statements for each possible way in which the words may be taken individually or in combinations. It is helpful to note that no number of "successes" achieved and assessed within the "objective" paradigms of scientists and technocrats can validate the truth-and- integrity of those paradigms. The valid assessment of the truth-and-integrity of a paradigm must be conducted within a meta-paradigm which transcends the paradigm whose truth-and-integrity are to be assessed. This is particularly important to note when assessing the truth- and-integrity of paradigms which are focused upon manipulations and control; for truths can be manipulated to conceal them and anything which might reveal the repressed truths which would otherwise undermine the credibility of the paradigm. The apparent "successes" of a paradigm in passing tests for truth-and-integrity can well be the result of successful manipulations of criteria, assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, evidence, logic, pointers, symbols, words, and people. Any wise, open and honest assessment of the truth-and- integrity of the teachings-and-commandments of religious- leaders-and-prophets, and of their paradigms, will take due note of all that the above observations point to and suggest. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================