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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.} ========================================================== %DISHONEST FAITH BELIEF CONVICTION WORKS MIRACLE+941006 %TRAGIC CONSEQUENCE COLLUSION COERCIVE VIOLENCE SIN+941006 %ELIMINATE LACK DEVIL ALIENATION ESTRANGE ADDICTION+941006 %SALVATION REDEMPTION SCIENCE PARADIGM EXCLUSIVITY 941006 There are many people who teach that all things are possible to those people who properly believe and have adequate faith. In their view great works and miracles are made possible by high levels of faith and conviction, and that nothing is impossible in the face of adequate faith and conviction which is free of doubt. We need to ask if the following is possible on the basis of great faith and conviction: 1. Self cures of alcoholism and other forms of addiction on the basis of the convictions of the addicts that by trying harder they will be able cure themselves. 2. Salvation through faithfulness to commandments of prohibition and prescription by those who have great faith in the effectiveness of such efforts. 3. The elimination of communal conflict by people who have great faith in their superior power to coerce and/or disintegrate their perceived enemies. 4. The superior management of a corporation or business on the basis of the great self confidence of the CEO that he and he alone knows what must be done, in what order, and by whom. 5. The revival of the life and integrity of a religious organization through the great faith of leaders within the organization that their particular interpretation of their carefully selected holy scriptures is the one and only way to properly interpret their scriptures, and that any people who differ with them are agents of the devil. 6. The discovery of endless supplies of fossil fuel within a few miles of the surface of the earth on the basis of great faith and conviction that there will always be more. 7. The human exploration in person of all parts of the universe on the basis of great faith that it is our human destiny to explore and populate the whole universe. 8. The objective understanding of all aspects of being fully human on the basis of great faith in the paradigm which says that reliable understanding comes only through detachment of the knower from the object of study. 9. The improvement of science education by increased dedication to and faith in the objective paradigm of exact scientists as the key to improving science education. 10. The elimination of evil by identifying and eliminating all people who are evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================