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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.} ========================================================== %RELIGIOUS LEADERS WORSHIP FUNDAMENTAL LAW LEGAL+960101 %ULTIMATE CONCERN IDOLATRY ALIENATION EVIL SIN+960101 %CONCERN OPEN HONEST DESCRIPTION HUMAN EXPERIENCE 960101 Some religious leaders are ultimately concerned with their own special interpretations of laws which they regard as the most fundamental elements of their chosen scriptures. Their preoccupation is with prescriptions, prohibitions, conformity, perfection, judgements, condemnations and excommunications. They do not acknowledge that their preoccupations usually lead to alienation which is the root of evil. Such religious leaders do not regard open and honest descriptions of human experiences as relevant---because such descriptions in fact are relevant and show clearly to people who are seeking to promote personal and communal integrity that the religious leaders' preoccupations are tragically misguided. Some religious leaders are intrusively preoccupied with adult human behaviors which are forever private--- affecting in no demonstrable way others who remain ignorant of the behaviors. Such religious leaders believe that it is irrelevant that it is impossible to show anybody has been harmed or has objected to the private behaviors which they as religious leaders are preoccupied with---in ignorance of the actual qualities of the lives of the people who may engage in various private behaviors. Such religious leaders worship their laws with unqualified respect, and are willing to sacrifice openness and honesty on the alters of their idolatry. Such religious leaders promote alienation which is the root of evil. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================