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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.} ========================================================== %REFLEXIVE ATTITUDE ASSUMPTION BELIEF VALUE GOSPEL+960301 %JEW CHRISTIAN MUSLIM MOSES JESUS MOHAMMED RELIGION+960301 %DOCTRINE NEWS OLD TESTAMENT BOOK CLARIFICATION+960301 %CONFUSE CLEAR MESSAGE COMMUNICATION DIALOGUE TALK 960301 Many addictive and fundamentalist religious leaders generate confusion regarding what their religious tradition stands for, affirms, denies, respects, etc. They are not interested in open and honest dialogue regarding diverse views about what their religious tradition stands for, affirms, denies, respects, etc. They seek to be in control. They do not seek to be involved in open and honest dialogue with people who disagree with them. Such leaders act as if there was an objective TRUTH which only a few people have access to; and they regard themselves as being in control of such access. They act as if the TRUTHS which they control are somehow "true" apart from their control over who has access to their "TRUTHS". People who use and abuse "TRUTHS" as tools with which to control other people are not interested in listening to people whose lives are characterized by contrasting experiences, insights, perceptions, beliefs, assumptions, attitudes, and realities. They are insecure people seeking to achieve security through defensive and violent manipulations. They behave in alienative ways which lead to personal and communal disintegration; not to personal and communal integrity. Beware of being preoccupied with such people---either with respect, or with anger. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================