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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.} ========================================================== %CONSEQUENCE RESULT PERVERSE CONTRARY OPPOSITE SIN+950416 %EXPECT INTEND DESIRE PLAN SYSTEM DESIGN PREDICT+950416 %BELIEF CONVICTION DOCTRINE THEORY PARADIGM DEVIL+950416 %SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SCHOLAR PROFESS TEACH RELIGION+950416 %DISINTEGRATE ALIENATE EXCOMMUNICATE ESTRANGE FAIL 950416 Often human efforts fail to have the expected consequences; and in fact the results of our efforts are often perversely contrary to our desired, planned, designed and predicted ones. Suppose a person confronted by a fire put a liquid on the fire in the firm conviction that the liquid was water- --when in fact it was kerosene. Suppose the firm conviction blinded the person to the consequences and the person in desperation poured more and more of the "water" on the fire, in spite of the evidence that the expected consequences did not follow. Such behavior would be much like human behavior in the face of the disintegrative consequences which follow from many human efforts to CONTROL other people's: ATTITUDES PERCEPTIONS EXPERIENCES BELIEFS DESIRES EMOTIONS EXPRESSIONS RELATIONSHIPS VISIONS INTENTIONS EXPECTATIONS BEHAVIORS With "good" intentions some people try to use ethical codes of conduct, moral injunctions, taboos, prohibitions, prescriptions, commandments and their like---in combination with threats, coercions, manipulations, violence, punishments, ridicule, excommunications, banishments and their like---TO TRY TO CONTROL WHAT CANNOT BE CONTROLLED. The consequences of such well intended but dishonest behaviors almost always involve disintegration, alienation, estrangement, misunderstanding, resentment, anger and/or revenge. We need to recognize, name, describe and talk about perversions of "goodness", ethics, morality, religions, philosophy, and professional guidelines---which engender both personal and communal disintegration. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================