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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.} ========================================================== %RELIEVE SUFFERING PREVENT ADDICT CODEPENDENT EVIL+940913 %TRAGEDY MISFORTUNE LEARNING HONESTY HUMILITY LOVE 940913 It is natural and healthy to desire to relieve suffering; and to extend that desire to seeking to prevent suffering. However, such desires can lead to perverted and tragic actions. If we are unaware of how such perversions occur we are more likely to create/experience them than if we are aware of how such perversions occur. The desire to prevent suffering can slowly turn into the desire to control other people's thoughts, feelings, decisions and actions---and so to behave in ways which cause that which we were seeking to prevent. Trying to control other people encourages them to be dishonest and so undermines learning on their part, and is a sign of a lack of humility on the part of those who are trying to be in control. People who are trying to be in control (because they lack humility) are unlikely to learn from their own mistakes. We need to be careful when we are moved to try to prevent suffering. It is a risky business! (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================