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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.} ========================================================== %INTEGRATIVE REFLEXIVE ACTIVITIES PERVERSION DESIRE+961003 %IDEAL VALUES MISTAKE TRAGIC INTIMATE LOVE RESPECT+961003 %FOCUS SELF APPEARANCE COMPETE BETTER EXCLUSIVE SIN+961003 %HERESIES PARADOXICAL TRUTHS CONFLICTING GOODS 961003 Each of the following often entails essentially integrative reflexive activities: 1. Fulfilling ideals, values & contracts. 2. Being faithful in keeping promises. 3. Carrying out planned activities. 4. Achieving intended goals. 5. Collaborations and cooperative efforts. 6. Learning from mistakes which have been made. 7. Seeking to avoid future tragic mistakes. 8. Choosing primary ideals, values & principles. 9. Showing respect for great women and men. 10. Becoming intimate friends & falling in love. Each of the following reflexive activities often entails perversions of integrative desires, hopes, plans, intentions and aspirations: 1. Trying to be perfect and/or respected. 2. Trying to control all outcomes of one's efforts. 3. Trying to be the best, better than other people. 4. Being preoccupied with one's own appearances. 5. Being preoccupied with people's perceptions. 6. Being "accepted" in the "best" groups/places. 7. Preoccupation with winning in competitions. 8. Fixing imperfections which are encountered. 9. Being needed by people who are in great need. 10. Being recognized by others as a great person. In all of the above efforts there is reflection upon the nature of each effort by self and upon how others may perceive the effort by self. Each is reflexive; not purely objective. Each of the first ten kinds of efforts is more likely to have integrative outcomes than the latter ten kinds of efforts. Whether the fruits of our efforts are integrative or disintegrative often flows from our approach to our efforts and so upon how we focus our efforts. If we are not seeking integrity and honesty we are likely to be misguided in tragic ways by efforts which revolve around our preoccupations with ourselves, our own welfare, perceptions of ourselves, and trying to be "better" than others in some competitions which are not conceived with integrity. We need to seek to maintain balance between fulfilling traditional ideals, values and principles on the one hand---and engaging in the discernment of where our traditional ideals, values and principles are leading us. They may be leading us into disintegrative perceptions, intentions, desires, and efforts. We may have perverted them in heresies which refuse to deal openly and honestly with paradoxical truths which seem to us to be mutually exclusive in conflicts between good and evil---when there may be conflicts between alternative goods. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================