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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.} ========================================================== %MANIPULATIVE COERCIVE ADDICTIVE GUILT EVIL LAW 951105 Not all guilt is healthy guilt. Often manipulative and addictive people create communal settings in which weak people are made to feel guilty so as to give power to devious manipulators of guilt-filled people. When people feel guilty we do well to ask questions such as: 1. Has anyone really been harmed by actions or inaction in ways for which the "guilty people" are clearly responsible? 2. Do some or all of the people who have presumably have been harmed by our actions bear some responsibility for the harm they perceive they have experienced; e.g., by defining or accepting definitions of some creative non-conformity as "offensive"? 3. Is the definition of "harm" one which is rooted in published written legislation duly adopted by a duly authorized legislative body---or is it merely an informal "consensus" on the part of some self-appointed group of troubled citizens? 4. Is the sense of "harm done" clearly articulated by someone who has really been harmed, inferred on behalf of someone whom others have suggested has been harmed, or by someone whom the "guilty" party fears may have been harmed? 5. Is the presumably "guilty" person a person with low self esteem who is guilty of self condemnation---when such behavior is disintegrative of self and others? 6. Are people who feel "guilty" being taken advantage of by manipulators of guilt? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================