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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.} ========================================================== %PERSONAL COMMUNAL CONTROL ACHIEVE COMMON VISIONS+951119 %COLLUSIVE GAMES MUTUAL SELF DECEPTION DISINTEGRATE 951119 For people and/or their communities to be in control of the process of achieving commonly shared visions--- there must be success at many levels of control. At least the following must be successfully controlled: Personal, communal and sub-cultural: VISIONS DESIRES EXPRESSIONS RESPONSES FEARS EXPECTATIONS ASSUMPTIONS QUESTIONS PHYSIOLOGY HEREDITY RESENTMENTS ANGER REBELLION IMAGINATION CREATIVITY CONFLICTS VIOLENCE MANIPULATIONS COERCION MEMORIES Success in controlling all of the above is not likely to be achieved in reality. Success in controlling all of the above is likely to be achieved only in the appearances of collusive games of mutual self deception---games which undermine the personal and communal integrity of all those who play the games, and of many others who are affected by the games. Appearances of success are usually achieved at far greater prices than those who achieve such appearances admit or understand. Such appearances of success are usually achieved through the loss of vision, hearing, understanding, dialogue, honesty, intimacy, meaning and satisfaction. Such appearances of success are merely technical fabrications---and so are devoid of human, divine and sacred meaning. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================