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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.} ========================================================== %FEAR RISK DANGER DISINTEGRATION DISHONESTY FALL 941116 We are wise or foolish according to what we fear. If we do not fear real risks, dangers, disintegration , dishonesty and falls from grace-full living---we are fools. If we do fear rejections, excommunications, dis- fellowshippings, condemnations and their like---on the part of legalists, conformers, judgementalists and other arrogant self-righteous people---we are fools, for they have never really accepted or loved us. If we do not fear compulsive disintegrative fear---we are fools. We need to work to avoid the disintegrative effects o f whatever threatens our personal and communal integrity. It is prudent to fear such threats to our personal and communal integrity, and respond to such threats with personal and communal integrity; openly, honestly, and lovingly---in ways which will help to resolve conflicts among ideals and values of those people who are involved. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================