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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.} ========================================================== %ARTICULATE ALIENATIVE IMPLICIT TACIT COMMANDMENTS 941208 Often within collusive/addictive communities people operate in terms of commandments which are only implicit or tacit; never being overtly articulated in explicit ways with an explicit logic---because they are not defensible commandments. Such commandments often promote personal and communal disintegration through the generation of needless alienation. It is often helpful to clearly articulate the provisions of alienative commandments in order to encourage people to see clearly the disintegrative consequences of offering implicit or tacit support for the alienative commandments. There will, of course, be people who will object to the revelation of the alienative consequences of taking such commandments seriously. Such people are supporters of the collusive/addictive patterns of behavior in the community they cannot tolerate honesty which exposes their own dishonesty. What are some of the tacit/implicit commandments? The following articulations are suggestive, but not exhaustive. 1. Do not talk about addictions of family members. 2. Do not talk about sexual abuse in the family. 3. Do not reveal any family "secrets" to anybody. 4. Always be objective in all that you do. 5. We are better than "they" are. 6. God is on our side, "they" are on the devil's. 7. "They" have no right to exist and offend us. 8. We must eliminate evil from the face of earth. 9. God has commissioned us to fulfill His Will. 10. We can do no wrong. 11. People who disagree with us are evil. 12. We can never trust our enemies. 13. Conflict resolution is the work of the devil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================