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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.} ========================================================== %LEGALISTIC RELIGIOUS RITUALISTIC PURITY CODE 951105 Some people live their lives in terms of religious and/or legalistic purity codes which define in ritualistic terms how to be pure, acceptable and respectable. They are not concerned with practical considerations---although their codes of ritualistic purity may in dim ways have origins in pre-historical practical considerations of cleanliness and disease prevention. Legalistic purists are not concerned with practical considerations. Legalistic purists are are rather concerned with the worship of and service of legalistic idols. Legalistic purists are idolaters who worship: rules, regulations, disciplines, prohibitions, proscriptions, prescriptions, formulas---in terms of which they define who is good and who is evil; through tests of conformity and through rejection of non-conformity. Legalistic purists do not seek to promote personal and communal integrity---rather they seek to promote the worship of arbitrary codes of conduct which are revered for non-pragmatic reasons. Legalistic purists do not seek to solve practical technical problems or resolve reflexive human dilemmas through human reconciliation and conflict resolution. Legalistic purists seek to maintain conflicts between their worship of their traditional laws on the one hand---and practical considerations related to technical problems and reflexive human dilemmas. They worship their legalistic idols. They are legalistic idolaters. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================