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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.} ========================================================== %CONTROL REFLEXIVE OBJECTIVE REALITY 950229 It is harder to control reflexive realities than it is to control objective realities. For example, we cannot control the course of a personal relationships as easily as we can control the course of a car we are driving. Neither can an alcoholic or other addict control their use of drugs as easily as they can push objects around in a fit of anger. People who are prone to try to control human behaviors through the use of rules and regulations, are prone to try to control objective human behaviors---more often than they are to try to control reflexive human behaviors. It is harder to control and be informed about how well one has controlled reflexive human behaviors--- than it is to control and be informed about how well one has controlled objective human behaviors. When people want to resist efforts to control them; they may go through the objective motions which will give the impression that they are yielding to efforts to control them, but in reflexive ways which are not obvious they may resist the efforts to control them. Rebellion may be expressed in reflexive behavior which is not objective and so is not easy to detect, but is nevertheless very significant. Not all that matters is objective in nature and the most significant rebellions are reflexive in nature---and invisible to those seeking to be "in control." Rebellion against attempts at control may take the form of being dishonest. The controllers are thus alienated from those people whom they would control. Such alienation is tragically significant. In the ignorance which results from such alienation the pseudo-controllers may have the impression that they have been successful, and that they have done a good job as "good" people---when in fact they have sown the seeds of much evil which will grow from the alienation which they have engendered. Alienation is the essence of evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================