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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.} ========================================================== %TEMPTATION CONTROL REPRESS PREVENT AVOID DEVIL+941225 %DISCIPLINE CRIME ADDICTION TERRORIST MURDER SIN+941225 %ALIENATE ESTRANGE EXCOMMUNICATE ISOLATE PUNISH+941225 %IMPRISON SENTENCE JUDGEMENT DAMN REJECT EXCLUDE 941225 When we are confronted by evil, crime, addiction, terrorists, murder, robbers, manipulators and other forms of violent behaviors---it is tempting to try to control those behaviors through rejections, excommunications, exclusions, judgments, sentences, punishments, imprisonments, damnations, disciplines, repressions, isolation and their like. Such temptations often lead us to compound the tragic situations which confront us. We are tempted to respond to evil behaviors with additional evil behaviors. Evil behaviors are alienative---flow from alienation due to previous evil behaviors. Evil behaviors often entail attempts to be in control through manipulative efforts---and flow from rebellion against previous such attempts by others to be in control through manipulative efforts. Evil behaviors are symptoms of previous manipulations, violence, rejections, excommunications, exclusions, judgmentalism, damnations, repression, and isolation---which have been suffered by people who consequently lack the requisite knowledge, skills, power and desire to help communities to resolve conflicts through forgiveness, reconciliation, honest and open dialogue, and win-win strategies for GETTING PAST NO and so GETTING TO YES. If we yield to the temptation to respond to evil behaviors in alienative ways, we thereby contribute to the exponential growth of evil---and so to the exponential decay of personal and communal integrity. The only way to overcome the alienation of evil behaviors is to respond to them in ways which promote the possibilities of: forgiveness, reconciliation, conflict resolution, open and honest dialogue; and so promote true security enjoyed as the freedom to be safely vulnerable in intimate relationships. Such responses contribute to the exponential growth of personal and communal integrity--- the balm which promotes healing and the transcendence of evil in all its terrifying forms. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================