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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.} ========================================================== %PURITY CODE AVOID EVIL BEING SUPERIOR INFERIOR SIN+960111 %MANIPULATIVE TOOL HANDLES CONTROL EXCLUSIVE BEST+960111 %NEVER VIOLATE PERFECT COLLUSIVE ORGANIZATION WIN 960111 Purity codes attempt to define those people who abide by their prescriptions and proscriptions---as superior to those people who do not abide by their prescriptions and proscriptions. The purpose of purity codes is to make distinctions between people who are acceptable---and those people who are not acceptable; trustworthy and not trustworthy, friend and enemy, good and evil, indestructible and destructible. People who take purity codes seriously are in competition with each other as to who is purest; which purity code is "best". People who do not take purity codes seriously are not respected by those who do take purity codes seriously; and vice versa. People who take one particular purity code seriously rarely respect people who take a competing purity code seriously. Purity codes engender alienation and conflict. People who transcend purity codes understand that purity codes are often used manipulatively in exclusive ways, to draw artificial boundaries between "insiders" and "outsiders", "right" and "wrong", "good" and "evil". Once the assumptions of taking a purity code seriously have been internalized---it is logical to take them to their logical conclusion; to seek perfection and to regard imperfect people as "outsiders", "wrong", and perhaps as "evil" agents of the "Devil". People who have NEVER violated the rules of a purity code are "better" than those who have sometime violated the rules of a purity code. The ignorance of never having experienced what is forbidden---is better than the knowledge gained by having experienced anything which has been forbidden. When in doubt "DO NOT DO IT!" It is better to have been cautious and ignorant, than to have been daring and to have violated the smallest prohibition. It is better to have avoided associating with "doubtful" characters who may have violated the purity code---and so to be "pure"; than to associate with "doubtful" characters and so be "defiled". Purity codes thus usually promote personal and communal alienation and disintegration. On occasion people who knowingly have violated purity codes have been crucified for trying to help people transcend some leaders' preoccupations with purity. Such crucifixions do not promote personal and communal integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================