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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.} ========================================================== %FRACTAL BOUNDARY TALK DIALOGUE WRITE CLEAR CONFUSE+950106 %ALTERNATIVE EMOTIONAL DISHONESTY CHOSE DECIDE ACT+950106 %PERSONAL COMMUNAL DISINTEGRATION CONFLICT VIOLENCE+950106 %HUMAN LIMITS IMAGES DREAMS VISIONS GOOD EVIL SIN 950106 Fractals are visual colored images created by pure mathematical processes on computer screens or color printers. In fractals the possibility always exists of magnifying any portion of the image without limit. In the magnification endless details exist, including images which are echoes of the parts of the unmagnified previous image. In fractals there appear to be places where there are sharp boundaries between different colors. Upon magnification such sharp boundaries usually turn out to be exceedingly complex, with endless subsidiary boundaries. In human relationships there often appear to be sharp boundaries between different kinds of people and different kinds of human behaviors. Often the boundaries are characterized as being black or white, good or evil, acceptable or rejectable, Godly or Devilish, etc. There is often much alienation between people on opposite sides of the apparently clear cut boundaries---and little open and honest dialogue at such boundaries. Thus there is rarely much clarity about the details of the boundaries and people continue to be ignorant about the intricate details and differences which exist at the boundaries. When people nearest to the boundaries between human differences are unable to report openly and honestly the details of their lives, perceptions, experiences, beliefs, convictions, feelings, attitudes, etc.---people make tragic mistakes in ignorance. When there is no evident alternative to emotional dishonesty the only option appears to be emotional dishonesty. Emotional dishonesty makes no sense in the presence of intellectual honesty. If emotional dishonesty is the only viable alternative it follows very logically that intellectual dishonesty is the only viable alternative---because intellectual honesty will make emotional dishonesty non-viable; and there must be a viable alternative. If there is to be personal and communal integrity there must be more alternatives than have been overtly indicated here! We need to search for them, recognize them and talk about them openly, honestly and passionately. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================