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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.} ========================================================== %UNBALANCED EXTREMISTS ACCEPTANCE REJECTION LOVE 960722 Unbalanced extremists are not interested in promoting personal and communal integrity---for integrity entails balance between extremes. Unbalanced extremists believe that perfection of one form or another is the essence of salvation---except that they cannot conceive of perfect balance because well balanced people recognize the futility of seeking to achieve salvation through extremism. Extremists cannot listen to or hear each other, for they regard each opposing extremist other as not worthy of consideration and trust. Extremists seek to define themselves in terms of very narrow "goods". The more extreme they are, the more narrowly they define what is "good". As a result they alienate themselves from everyone who is not extreme in their own narrow way. Thus they engender personal and communal disintegration---while seeking to achieve their own salvation through extreme measures. Extremists often resort to terrorists activities, war, excommunications, cruel punishments, etc. There are religious, political, scientific, and nationalistic extremists. Often they focus upon what they believe are the essential fundamentals in terms of which they can achieve salvation---and so are called fundamentalists. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================