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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.} ========================================================== %PREREQUISITE OPEN HONEST INTEGRATIVE BEHAVIOR SELF+950402 %OTHER DOUBLE BIND COLLUSIVE ADDICTION CODEPENDENT 950402 What are the prerequisites to open and honest behavior? Under what circumstances, in what contexts, is it reasonable to expect people to be open and honest? 1. Not if people are REGULARLY PUNISHED for being open and honest about their experiences, emotions, beliefs, desires and aspirations! 2. Not if people are regularly EXPECTED to be dishonest and secretive about their experiences, emotions, desires, beliefs and aspirations! 3. Not if ADDICTS and their CODEPENDENT SUPPORTERS are regularly chosen to be: business leaders, political leaders, religious leaders, educational leaders, professional leaders, etc! 4. Not if people relate to each other in terms of preoccupations with: being in CONTROL, who is in CONTROL, how to achieve CONTROL, etc! 5. Not if the pervasive message is that what counts is APPEARING to be in CONFORMITY with communal expectations! 6. Not if PEOPLE WHO ARE TRUE TO THEMSELVES AND TO OTHERS are: ostracized, excommunicated, disfellowshipped, ignored, shunned, passed over, demoted, avoided, etc! 7. Not if PERSONAL AND COMMUNAL INTEGRITY ARE REGULARLY SACRIFICED UPON THE ALTERS OF THE GODS of: personal advancement, greed, self-righteousness, arrogance, perfectionism, piety, religiosity, militarism, fundamentalism, nationalism, ethnic superiority, etc! 8. Not if POWERFUL PEOPLE REGULARLY WORSHIP THE TOOLS of: science, technology, manipulation, coercion, violence, war, terrorism and being in control---without regard for the personal and communal disintegration which such worship engenders. 9. Not if power, wealth and luxury when juxtaposed next to impotence, poverty and deprivation are OCCASIONS FOR PRIDE AND ENVY which are not recognized as disintegrative of persons and communities. 10. Not if PEOPLE ARE DISINTERESTED in searching for integrity and honesty in being true to themselves, whole and healthy. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================