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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.} ========================================================== %PREOCCUPATION PRESCRIPTIONS PROSCRIPTION WIDE NET 960725 People who are preoccupied with prescriptions and proscriptions in terms of which to make legalistic judgements about who is good and who is evil---are usually operating within a paradigm which makes it impossible for them to accurately prescribe integrative behaviors and proscribe disintegrative behaviors. In their confusion they often end up proscribing significant integrative behaviors and so inhibit creativity and the works of Love. They often prescribe disintegrative behaviors which also inhibit creativity and the works of Love. God is Love. The paradigm of people who are preoccupied with prescriptions and proscriptions shifts attention away from respecting and promoting personal and communal integrity; and towards the manipulation of appearances---dishonestly if necessary. Integrity is sacrificed in order to appear to have conformed with the prescriptions and proscriptions---for they cannot be enforced without the assistance and cooperation of the people who are unable to live in terms of them. The paradigm presumes people will be honest while encouraging them to be dishonest. The paradigm assumes that what counts is objective behavior and so encourages misleading objective behavior to make it appear that there is conformity. The paradigm lacks integrity and so promotes both personal and communal disintegration. Because the people who are preoccupied with prescriptions and proscriptions are generally indifferent to personal and communal integrity---they are willing to sacrifice personal and communal integrity in attempts to cause people to conform; e.g., through threats of punishment and the imposition of punishments which are alienative and ineffective. They treat people as objects which can be manipulated and controlled; rather than as possible participants in cooperative relationships characterized by mutuality, balance, respect, openness and honesty. They are less interested in the consequences of their threats and punishment---than in the self-righteous sense of themselves which they achieve through their self- righteous judgements. They seem to be unaware the the essence of evil is alienation---rather than non- conformity. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================