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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.} ========================================================== %REHEARSAL SCRIPT PLAY WRITE ASSESS RISK CHANCE+960901 %DANGER FEAR DISINTEGRATION ALIENATION EVIL SIN+960901 %EXPERIENCE THEORY PERCEPTION DEFINITION FAILURE 960901 To minimize the chance of catastrophic failures in life we need to assess the risks probably involved in various alternative courses of action which we might decide upon. Decisions made in the absence of such assessments are irresponsible---lacking in responses to the risks entailed. We need to ask others what risks they perceive and respond to their responses to our questions; i.e., we need to be in open and honest dialogue about the risks entailed in various alternatives. We and they need to engage in imaging, envisioning, dreaming, rehearsing, fantasy, etc.---in order that we may anticipate many of the possible outcomes of possible decisions. Then we need to be in open and honest dialogue about the risks which may be entailed in various alternatives. As we consider alternatives we need to distinguish between fears of natural consequences---and fears of dysfunctional human responses which are alienative, disintegrative, immature, etc. We need to seek balanced insights; avoiding the risks of being full of uninformed, thoughtless, raw, unfocused fear; i.e., dysfunctionally fear-full. We need to be informed by actual human experiences shared and considered openly and honestly within the context of an integrative community and the insights of integrative people. We need to avoid being preoccupied with assigning blame for mistakes made---and seek instead to learn from mistakes made by considering them charitably in communally integrative ways. Usually there is plenty of blame to go around to many different people and to the community as a whole. Rarely is it true that there is just one person who rightly should bear all the blame, shame and depression. If, out of a concern for thinking only "pure thoughts" we do not think about possible risky ventures ahead of time---we are likely not to recognize them as risky and stumble into them thoughtlessly and in ignorance. If, out of a concern for thinking only "pure thoughts" we seek to avoid all risks---we are likely to try to control what we cannot control; and thus engage in all the risks of self-deception and dishonesty. We will take risks of one kind or another. We will do well, and be well, when we seek prudently to think about possible risky ventures ahead of time---and thoughtfully decide to take prudent risks which hold out the promise of bearing good fruit. We will fail if we seek to avoid all risks, and so seek to avoid: making new friends, trusting new friends, falling in love, conflict resolution, repentance, forgiveness, and God's Love. True hope is grounded in prudent risks taken in the faith that in our loving communities they will bear integrative fruit for us as persons and for our communities. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================