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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.} ========================================================== %FICTIONAL LIKENESS SAMENESS LACK DIFFERENCES OTHER 951111 Often we are trapped by our own and/or other people's fictions about how identical, alike and the same we are. Such fictions make it seem easy to operate in terms of rules which say how we should respond to situations; how we should behave. If we are all alike---then in each situation we should all behave alike---or so it seems to people who like to deal in terms of over-simplifications of the nature of reality and of different people. It is too complicated to devise rules, regulations and prescriptions which will tell really different people who have really different histories, fears, needs, desires, dispositions, physiologies, and hereditary traits---how to behave in particular situations. Thus it is useful to people who can deal only with simple situations to pretend that all people are more alike than they really are. Then people who are really different and find that they cannot obey such simplistic rules with personal honesty and integrity; are simply labeled as evil people---to keep the situation apparently simple. Of course once such honest people of integrity are labeled as evil people---their perceptions, descriptions and observations are not worthy of consideration and it is simple to condemn, reject and excommunicate them from the fellowship of those exclusive few who enjoy the salvation of simplification. Honest people of integrity seek to find ways to promote personal and communal integrity---with due consideration given to each person's unique heritage, history, inheritance, fears, needs, desires, dispositions, physiologies, and hereditary traits. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================