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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.} ========================================================== %EXTREMIST DICHOTOMOUS OPPOSITES 960119 Extremists seek to force people to make choices between dichotomous opposites---and so are prone to violence against each other and against people who wisely seek to transcend their extremism and lack of tolerance towards creative people and ways of resolving conflicts. Extremists promote conflict as a matter of principle, because they see conflict as supporting their own ideals, values and principles. Conflict resolution makes sense only if you value personal and communal integrity more than you value clearly defining yourself as better than others whom you have defined to be different in ways which justify rejection, excommunication and destruction of them. To extremists it is obvious that extremism is worthy of respect; and that their particular form of extremism is worthy of unlimited respect---just because they have defined it so, and have ultimately committed themselves to their particular form of extremism. The just cause, is by their definition, a cause which supports their form of extremism. Any form of transcendence of their form of extremism is, by their definition and commitment, clearly unjust and to be opposed. Issues are clearly and unambiguously defined by extremists in dichotomous terms which are central to the paradigms of extremists. GUILTY vs INNOCENT WRONG vs RIGHT EVIL vs GOOD DEVIL vs GOD IMMORAL vs MORAL DAMMED vs SAVED BLACK vs WHITE REJECTED vs ACCEPTED THEM vs US TRAITOR vs DISCIPLE DISOBEDIENCE vs OBEDIENCE NON-CONFORMITY vs CONFORMITY CHAOS vs ORDER CRIMINAL vs LEGAL INSECURITY vs SECURITY VULNERABLE vs DEFENSIVE LEFT vs RIGHT LIBERAL vs CONSERVATIVE IMPURE vs PURE IMPERFECT vs PERFECT COLORED vs WHITE UNSCIENTIFIC vs SCIENTIFIC REFLEXIVE vs OBJECTIVE SUBJECTIVE vs OBJECTIVE INEXACT vs EXACT QUALITATIVE vs QUANTITATIVE UNCERTAIN vs CERTAIN DOUBT vs CONFIDENCE Extremists find it easier to be enthusiastic about what they believe and do, because they do not see any need to consider complicated issues and outcomes. They have an easier time of recruiting people to join with them in their crusades, campaigns, missions and wars---than do people who more honestly deal with conflicting ideals, values and principles in efforts to resolve conflicts through GETTING TO YES and seeking ways to make all participants in conflict resolution to find WIN WIN outcomes. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================