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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.} ========================================================== %EVIL KILL TRUTH TRUE MESSENGER REPRESS HONESTY+941123 %RATE CHANGE ACCELERATE VELOCITY POSITION GROWTH+941123 %DECAY EXPONENTIAL GEOMETRIC CALCULUS JUDGMENT 941123 Often we are more preoccupied with static standards o f good and evil, than we are with recognizing what makes for degeneration/integration on the one hand; and what makes for generation of integration on the other hand. The latter requires profound dynamic wisdom. The former encourages simplistic static foolishness. Most people have great difficulty transcending their traditional simplistic pre-conceptions about velocities, accelerations, and forces. Thus, they cannot understand how Newton's Laws of Motion describe the behavior of objects which continue in motion in some circumstances and come to rest and remain at rest in other circumstances. The key to such understanding rests in understanding the first and second order derivatives of calculus. It is not where-something-is that needs to the the focus of attention. It is not merely how fast some changeable thing is changing (speed) which needs to be the focus of attention. It is essential to be able to describe both how fast some changeable thing is changing (speed) AND ALSO to be able to describe how fast the rate of change is changing---the acceleration. In the realm of objects moving through space not only is it essential to be able to describe speed and acceleration with regards to objects moving along straight lines. It is also essential to be able to describe velocities and accelerations in three dimensional motions using VECTORS. Thus an understanding of NEWTON'S LAWS OF MOTION requires an understanding of the foreign language of VECTOR CALCULUS. In the realm of reflexive human relationships it is not how well a person measures up against some static standard for passing judgments of good and evil---which is important. Such static judgments correspond to simple linear positions along a straight line in the instance of Newton's Laws of Motion. Passing such static and alienative judgments is an incredibly simplistic response to reflexive human relationships. Such simplistic alienative judgments and related condemnations are often made by people who cannot conceive of the possibility of vector velocities and accelerations in the objective realm, and much less can they conceive of corresponding descriptions of rates of change in the reflexive realm of real human relationships. To understand evil we need to be able to describe VECTOR "VELOCITIES" and "ACCELERATIONS" in regards to rates of change in reflexive human relationships. There are many more than three dimensions to changing reflexive human relationships---so any adequate description of changing reflexive human relationships must include recognitions of the various important aspects of each reflexive human relationship; the various "components" and how they are changing and accelerating. Alienative relationships tend to promote the development of even more alienative relationships. Integrative relationships tend to promote the development of even more integrative relationships. People who are familiar with the meanings which can be conveyed through the language of calculus will understand that the previous two statements point clearly to the tendency for exponential/geometric growth in alienation (evil) and integration (love) within reflexive human relationships. We need to be focusing our attention upon what makes for exponential/geometric growth in alienation (evil) and integration (love) in reflexive human relationships--- rather than upon static standards for making simplistic judgments regarding who merits rejection (alienation) and who merits acceptance because people are "good" according to static standards of conformity. Our making of such simplistic judgments is ALWAYS ALIENATIVE. Our conditional acceptance of people into dialogue and community is alienative just as much as is our conditional rejection (alienation) of people who do not meet our conformal standards. In both instances our conformal standards for passing judgments and imposing condemnations are standards which are being worshipped as idols. Respecting conformal standards for deciding whom to judge and condemn is alienative, and leads to acceleration in the direction of disintegration. The rush toward disintegration is not only fast, it is at a rate which becomes faster and faster in proportion to how fast it is. It is the acceleration toward disintegration which we need to become aware of---and to take steps to promote an acceleration toward integration. (See the next essay.) (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================