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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.} ========================================================== %RAISE HIGHER TRANSCEND STANDARDS MORAL INTEGRITY+950308 %DEMAND PERFECTION PUNISH LAW ORDER CRIME LOVE SIN 950308 When people do not behave in appropriate ways there are often calls for higher standards and for more severe punishments---because people often do not understand the nature of the roots of evil behavior. If evil behavior is regarded as failing to conform to the demands of authorities, then the natural response to non-conformity is the imposition of more coercive, manipulative, demanding and punitive responses to non- conformity---and the generation of more alienation, misunderstanding and ignorance which engender additional evil personal relationships. If we want to reduce evil behavior we need to deal with and transcend evil personal relationships; i.e., relationships of alienation, estrangement, rejection, excommunication, misunderstanding, prejudice and ignorance. We need to focus upon integrative ideals and values which are of a different kind than those which engender personal and communal disintegration. We often miss the mark when we seek perfection in conformity to disintegrative ideals and values. We need to shift to integrative ideals and values; to ideals and values which in practice lead people: to resolve conflicts and achieve mutual advantages, to work for reconciliation and mutual understanding, to transcend prejudice grounded in ignorance, to value both personal and communal integrity, to value children and women and promote their health, to value reconciliation more than self righteousness, to value cooperation more than competition, to be honest about human limits and limitations, to honesty more than good appearances. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================