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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.} ========================================================== %GOOD IDEALS VALUES ALIENATIVE EXCLUSIVE EVIL MEANS+960302 %DISINTEGRATION REJECTION JUDGMENTAL CONDEMNATION 960302 Good ideals, values, and goals lead to personal and communal disintegration---if they are not combined with ultimate commitments to promote both personal and communal integrity; and so to ultimate commitments to avoid the use of coercive means which lead to exclusivity, legalism, judgmentalism, condemnations, excommunications, and alienations---which lead in turn to evil personal relationships; i.e., disintegration. In the absence of ultimate commitments to personal and communal integrity; and to means appropriate to such commitment---ultimate commitments to other ideals and values lead to the use of alienative means which undermine personal and communal integrity. Then all other ideals and values are meaningless! Ultimate commitments which lead to personal and communal disintegration are not worthy of respect or support under any conditions. Some people may be alienated when the truth is charitably spoken about them in honest descriptions of the natural consequences of how they seek to fulfill their ultimate: commitments, ideals, values, attitudes, beliefs and dogmas---in alienative ways. Integrative people who are ultimately committed to promoting personal and communal integrity naturally speak the truth charitably in describing the alienative consequences of how other people seek to fulfill their commitments. Such communications are not coercive, violent, mean, or manipulative. Such communications are descriptive---seeking to point to truths which are essential to personal and communal integrity. There are many people who seek to repress such truths---people who are at minimum embarrassed by those who speak such truths. Such embarrassed people are more responsible for their own embarrassment, than are the integrative people who speak the truth charitably in efforts to promote personal and communal integrity. We need to be clear about where the responsibility lies for the embarrassment. It lies with those who seek to conceal the truth, not with those who speak the truth charitably to promote integrity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================