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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.} ========================================================== %FEARS CHAOS UNKNOWN HEALTHY ORDER LEAD PEOPLE LOVE+960106 %ACCEPT OPPRESSIVE ORDER IMAGINE TRUE HONEST SAFETY 960106 Fears of chaos and fears of unknown healthy order often lead people to accept oppressive order and orders. It is hard to imagine the possible benefits of healthy order which has never been experienced---because it has never been experienced. Instead; misleading or confusing order and orders may have been experienced. In the face of our fears of the unknown---we will often prefer to continue with known terrors, suffering and foolishness. When we are in the presence of familiar chaos, confusion, oppressive order(s), terrors and fears---it is easy to be convinced that true love is an impossible dream; rather than true love being a real miracle which is known and enjoyed by many healthy people around us. To intelligent people who are ignorant of the possibilities of true love which we cannot control---it seems risky in the extreme to trust the leadership of honestly insecure love, over trusting the apparent security of clever technical defenses which we seem to be able to control what is feared. The lessons of the tragedies of our clever but misguided attempts to control our futures---are lessons which can lead honest people to see secure ways to accept the guidance of true love through the tricky paths of meaningful intimacy and vulnerability---which we cannot control. On the other hand, our experiences of the tragedies of our clever but misguided attempts to control our futures---are experiences which are likely to lead dishonest people to try even harder to reach some imaginary security through the paths of meaningless controls and defenses---which we believe we can be in charge of, because we are so smart and logical. The true hope which honest love brings us seems insubstantial and non-consequential in the face of our substantial defenses, technologies and determinations. Why give up all that we are so sure of---for that which we cannot control and be sure of in advance? How can we answer such a question? Do all of our experiences taken together as a whole really justify our being so sure of our abilities to achieve meaningful security by means of our own defensiveness and clever technologies---or is our self confidence based only upon fantasies which are not well grounded in honest reflections upon our own experiences honestly described to each other in intimate dialogue? It is only when we relax and stop clinging to our thorny technological treasures viewed as the means to full control of our futures---that we can find the true ways in which true love can guide us to make meaningful use of such thorny treasures---using them as tools which are truly useful only when we are honestly in love. The principles which are congruent with true love are not purely technical in nature. Pure logical research often leads us towards purely technical manipulations and and technical controls which have unforeseen tragic reflexive consequences. In the absence of reflexive vision---tragic consequences are unanticipated. Purely objective considerations cannot anticipate most reflexive consequences. This is why pure science and scientists do not have and cannot manufacture the keys to salvation and heaven---even if they do have and cling to theories of everything which is objectively real. Such pure theories are not the basis for wisely manipulating everything which is objectively real, no matter how smart we are, and no matter how hard we try to make them be such a basis. Our preoccupations with such theories lead us away from reflecting upon their inadequacies and the tragic consequences of our preoccupations---for such reflexivity is not objective. How can the tragic feed- back loop be transcended? (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================