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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.} ========================================================== %PRETENSE INFALLIBLE AUTHORITY RECEIVE PERCEIVE+940709 %TRUTH HONESTY INTEGRITY AUTHENTIC RESPONSIVE LOVE 940709 The pretense of a presumably infallible authority is futile---for the author of truth and integrity is Love which is free of pretense, tension, contention and coercion. Truth is discerned within the context of an open and honest relationship which is prompted by Love, not held in a linear string of words or other symbols which may or may not be infallible. A presumably infallible statement formulated in a linear string of words or other symbols (by an infallible authority) cannot be infallible unless it is infallibly received by an infallible recipient. This is still the case if there is an infallible interpreter of the presumably infallible statement; for the presumption of infallibility is futile in the absence of a infallible recipient of the infallible interpretation. Thus, the conception of infallibility is futile and not a creation of God. It is more helpful to attend to the kinds of relationships and contexts which nurture honesty, openness, responsiveness, responsibility, personal integrity and communal integrity --- in communities where people seek, give, and accept true security enjoyed as the freedom to be safely vulnerable. The conception of infallibility is a preoccupation of insecure people who are seeking invulnerability --- not the fruit of love as the author of integrative relationships. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================