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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.} ========================================================== %RECOGNIZE DISINTEGRATIVE IDEAL VALUES PRINCIPLES 960111 Disintegrative ideals, values and principles seem individually worthy of great respect and support---so long as they play subordinate roles, yet each one promotes personal and communal disintegration when each is elevated to the status of ultimate importance. When such ideals, values and principles are trusted without qualifications stated in terms of other important ideals, values and principles; there are tragic consequences which entail personal and communal disintegration. The following statements suggest the nature of disintegrative ideals, values and principles: 1. We are better than they are. 2. They are inferior to us. 3. We are good, they are evil. 4. God favors us more than God favors them. 5. We are right/righteous, they are wrong/evil. 6. They are expendable, we are not expendable. 7. For us to win they must lose. 8. Essential resources are limited. 9. Generous people lose. 10. Contend to get ahead. 11. Faithfully fulfill all promises/commitments. 12. Be faithful/loyal to your community. 13. Trust your friends, suspect your enemies. 14. Minimize your risks, maximize their risks. 15. Take care of yourself first. 16. Let others take care of themselves. 17. The best survive, the inferior die off. 18. Let the evolutionary process do its work. 19. Be defensive to achieve security. 20. Sophistication is good, simplicity is not. 21. Good friends are loyal to you. 22. Enemies are critical of you. 23. Good people are always in conflict. 24. God needs our help to do His will. 25. Imperfections are signs of evil. 26. Deception is often a necessary evil. 27. You cannot always be open and honest. 28. Being vulnerable is dangerous. 29. Eliminate uncertainty, doubt and mystery. 30. Do not trust mysterious people. 31. Do not trust nonconformists. 32. Do trust conformists like us. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================