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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.} ========================================================== %FORBID UNKNOWN EXPERIENCE PRESUMTUOUS ARROGANT+951024 %PARANOID TENSION VIOLENCE ABSENT LOVE EVIL SIN 951024 In the absence of nurturing and supportive love our fears are bound to motivate us to try to avoid and prevent unknown experiences---but not necessarily wisely or prudently. Fearful avoidance and prevention perpetuate and expand the lack and the ignorance upon which they are founded; so such avoidance and prevention grow exponentially along with many forms of arrogance, presumptuousness, paranoia, tension and violence. To promote both personal and communal integrity we need to seek to understand how such enemies of personal and communal integrity are inter-related and mutually "supportive". Wisdom and prudence are based upon reliable reports of actual personal experiences. Wise and prudent generalizations are based upon reliable personal reports of real personal experiences---not upon unhealthy fears which have grown in the absence of nurturing and supportive love. Commandments, prohibitions, proscriptions and taboos which are based upon fearful ignorance usually undermine learning from any kinds of experiences. We need to learn how to recognize and transcend commandments, prohibitions, proscriptions and taboos which are based upon fearful ignorance---for they are misleading and not worthy of respect or support. Unhealthy fears do not help us to recognize their own origins in the absence of: love, support, nurture, encouragement, courage, knowledge, learning, and clear thinking. To recover our health and deal wisely with real threats to our personal and communal integrity---we need to seek to transcend our unhealthy fears, rather than let ourselves be mis-guided by them. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================