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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.} ========================================================== %AVOID VULNERABILITY SECURITY DEFENSIVE SUBMISSION 960601 We are misled if we assume, believe, and act as if vulnerability is the opposite of security; and as if defensiveness is a cure for insecurity and vulnerability. Often what appear to be opposites are in fact not opposites; but are rather quite other than mere opposites. (Heretics refuse to acknowledge paradoxical truths which entail the affirmations of apparent opposites.) Vulnerability is not the opposite of security. Rather vulnerability is an essential aspect of true security. True security is the freedom to be safely venerable due to gifts which are freely given and freely received. True security is not an achievement of any kind. Defensiveness is not a cure for insecurity and vulnerability. Defensiveness is a tragic manifestation of immaturity, insecurity and fear. Defensiveness is often an immature response to various forms of vulnerability. Defensive people are as they are for lack of familiarity with true security enjoyed as the gift of the freedom to be safely vulnerable. Defensive people cannot imagine, dream of, envision or desire true security---for their defensiveness has generated many fears of healthy forms of vulnerability. Dichotomous people seek to compartmentalize: people, ideas, ideals, values and behaviors---and to treat each according to the compartment into which they have been placed. Such behavior generates: alienation, misunderstanding, ignorance, frustration, fears, anger, etc. Such behavior undermines both personal and communal integrity in tragic ways which are usually not recognized by dichotomous people. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================