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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.} ========================================================== %DUTY CONTEND EVIL DEFEAT DETECT CONTENTION SIN 960426 Some people feel very strongly that they have been given an ultimate duty to contend with evil people and powers. Such people perceive themselves to be essential defenders of goodness, purity, virtue, honor, respectability and proper appearances. They are often deadly serious in their dedication to fulfill their duty to contend successfully with all the evil threats that the perceive around them---which is often more than others perceive around them. Contentious people often seem to be who and what they are out of a sense of duty---as well as due to general personality traits and attitudes. It is usually futile to assign clear causes to their faults and effects. They rarely wear their dutiful vestments gracefully; i.e., with true love. Often they have not been familiar with true love---being far more familiar with duties, disciplines, rewards, punishments, judgements, condemnations, reject- ions and excommunications. Contentious people are not who and what they are for purely logical reasons. Thus logic is not the key which w ill set them free to become peacemakers and facilitators of conflict resolution. Logic and reasoning are not by themselves the tools which will enable us to deal with contentious people. Logic and reasoning are tools which cooperative people can use together to achieve common goals---but they are not tools which contentious people are likely to respect and use to come to agreement regarding appropriate common goals; for contentious people have no desire to agree upon common goals. Dilemmas associated with contentious people are dilemmas, not technical problems. Tools which are useful in solving technical problems are often of no use in dealing with a non-technical dilemma. It is of the essence of a dilemma that it is non-technical. It is redundant to say "non- technical dilemma" just as it is redundant to say "wet water". Yet often people deal with dilemmas as if they are technical problems. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================