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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.} ========================================================== %COMMITMENT CLING LET GO DETACH ADDICTION FIX 960510 Often people find it difficult to recognize and admit that they are committed to and cling to ideals and values which are disintegrative. They take great pride in their commitments and how faithfully they seek to fulfill their commitments---even though it is their commitments to disintegrative ideals and values which lead them into evil relationships of coercion, violence, estrangement, alienation, and ignorance. Just because we and others are proud of our commitments and how faithful we are to our commitments--- does not guarantee that our commitments and service will lead to the enjoyment of personal and communal integrity. We can blind ourselves and each other to how our commitments to and faithfulness to disintegrative ideals and values lead us and others into disintegrative relationships, activities and judgments. Often we need to learn that we need to let go of what we cling to; to detach from ideals and values which are not good for us or those nearest and dearest to us. We need to empty ourselves of such preoccupations and fixations which mislead us. If we do not do so we become blinder and deafer to all the evidence which indicates that our disintegrative ideals and values are not good for anybody---no matter how proud we are of them. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================